Disaster Relief & Public Safety: CLASSY Awards Top 5
Disaster Relief & Community Safety programs address the problems that plague the global neighborhood, addressing issues that range from missing persons, unintentional injuries and domestic violence to providing supplies, medical care, food, infrastructure and volunteers to help in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. View the key indicators of this subcategory here.
- International Medical Corps
- Liter of Light
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Mobile Medical Disaster Relief
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Mobile Medical Disaster Relief
East Samar, Philippines
Mobile Medical Disaster Relief’s specialty is accessing the inaccessible, hard-to-reach neglected areas, providing lifesaving medical care and connecting communities to ongoing relief efforts. The mobile medical teams provide emergency medical care, stabilization and medical evacuation, caring for everything from life threatening injuries to secondary, as well as psycho-social ailments to chronic illness. For the Philippines, Mobile Medical used a Solar Suitcase, equipped with a fetal doppler that was used for solar power generation and during remote medical clinics. Efficient use of resources allows NYCMedics to put volunteers into the field for just $80 day, meaning that on average they can medically intervene in someone’s life for just $4. This model addresses an unmet need in disaster relief efforts, especially in reaching remote, isolated communities, identifying the specific needs of each community and collaborating with and supporting local efforts. In the Philippines NYCM treated more than 1,000 infected wounds, of which more than half required minor surgical intervention. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Katherine Bequary, Program Director” class=”top5″]Our ethos dictates that all people have the right to seek and receive medical care. [/su_quote]
First Responders: Emergency Response & Health Care
International Medical Corps
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]First Responders
The First Responders program is rooted in research on resiliency by the DfID: build local capacity in Afghanistan so the community can meet their own needs instead of relying on external assistance. They specifically focus on providing the tools to meet every day health care needs, such as nutrition, child birth and childhood illnesses to reduce their vulnerability to external shocks. First Responders trains women through pregnancy, childbirth and post-natal care. Students learn essential clinical skills: how to perform an antenatal exam, manage severe hypertension, address life-threatening complications and resuscitate a newborn. Trained midwives work in community health posts, where each year, they can reach a total of 660,000 women who have few health care options. This 2-year, accredited program works in partnership with the Afghan Midwives Association and is ranked first in its field by the Afghanistan Ministry of Health. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Rabih Torbay, Program Director” class=”top5″]A simple idea drove our first response—give people the skills to help themselves and the investment will last. Today, that once-innovate idea of building the capacity of communities to meet their health care needs is accepted as a culturally appropriate, economically efficient, and politically stabilizing way to deliver assistance. [/su_quote]
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Haiti Program
Sud-Est Region, Haiti
Johan ten Hoeve
Directly after the 2010 quake, Medair responded by bringing in sturdy canvas tents with a fairly substantial skeleton. Families were very grateful to be out of the elements. But these shelters over weeks/months became inadequate. So Medair began to help families build more substantive “transitional shelters.” In the latest stage, they have begun building culturally appropriate permanent homes. The program’s strategy has since developed into a solid four-pronged approach: 1) Construction of safe and secure houses which are disaster resilient, 2) Train the construction workers regionally in improved construction techniques, 3) Introduce Disaster Risk Reduction techniques linked to land and water management, and 4) Provide water and improve sanitation facilities and train in healthy hygiene behaviors. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Johan ten Hoeve, Program Director” class=”top5″]Our unique process combines the technical skills of professional architects trained in post-disaster reconstruction with the local knowledge of Haitian construction workers. The result is a construction process that produces culturally appropriate and safe/secure houses, the first of which most residence in the Sud-Est Region have ever lived in. [/su_quote]
Liter of Light
Liter of Light USA
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]Liter of Light
Liter of (Day) Light is a two-step DIY affordable solar lighting system. Step 1 uses recycled plastic soda bottles, 10 milliliters of bleach, and distilled water to produce a 55-watt bulb that refracts sunlight to light homes, schools, and public centers. Step 2 trains cooperatives how to build night lighting systems using simple carpentry skills, local knowledge, and readily available materials. Empowered by their new daylights, women have built businesses, children can now study inside their homes, and families have saved significant amounts off their monthly electricity bills, which they can use to pay for other needs. Each Liter of Light has saved household US $10 off of their monthly electricity bills and 350 kilos of carbon emissions per year with the day and night light. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Illac Diaz, Program Director” class=”top5″]We’re building a grassroots movement that gives local entrepreneurs the knowledge, skills, and wisdom they need to thrive and help local communities to regain ownership of the technologies that improve their quality of life. By empowering people to become positive sources of change, we’re challenging them to come up with better ways to respond to a disaster before it strikes. [/su_quote]
National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
[su_pullquote align=”right” class=”top5″]National Sexual Assault Online Hotline
RAINN recognized that the young demographic most likely to be affected by this crime was growing less likely to reach out via a traditional phone line. They needed to create a safe, secure space for victims/survivors to receive help from trained staff in an anonymous way. When developing the Online Hotline, RAINN consulted national technology, law and sexual assault service experts to develop a service and technology platform that could serve the unique needs of sexual assault survivors. The staff and user interface have been customized for privacy and crisis intervention services with features including session supervision capabilities, a catalog of hundreds of dashboard resources, and mobile enhancements. Recently, the Justice Department identified the Online Hotline as a model for using technology to serve victims of crime. LEARN MORE.
[su_quote cite=”Jennifer Marsh, Program Director” class=”top5″]When I came to work on the Online Hotline I knew we were creating a service that would change the way that victims receive care. We have always strived to anticipate the needs of victims and provide services safely to ensure no survivors fall through the cracks. As a result, the hotline has continued to grow and adapt with survivors over the past 8 years. [/su_quote]
The Disaster Relief & Public Safety Experts
The Leadership Council is an honorary board comprised of a diverse group of experts that will collectively determine the winners of the CLASSY Awards in this cause sector. Their unique perspective and valuable insight establishes this recognition as one of the highest honors in the social sector.
Photo credit: Medair