Seven humanitarian inventions you probably didn’t know

Ama Nunoo Mar 13, 2020 at 03:00pm

March 13, 2020 at 03:00 pm | Activism & Campaigns, Opinions & Features

Ama Nunoo

Ama Nunoo | Staff Writer

March 13, 2020 at 03:00 pm | Activism & Campaigns, Opinions & Features

Treadle Pump, Photo:Transforming Smallholder Irrigation

Humanitarian workers and volunteers are always thinking of new ways to better the lives of the vulnerable. Some humanitarian inventions have been created over the years to help make the work of these aid workers easier and save millions of lives in ways we never imagined.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has aid workers in countries facing humanitarian crises around the world. The IRC has worked in these countries for 15 years on average.

The IRC publishes a watchlist of the countries with most lives at risk so the world and other humanitarian organisations can join forces to alleviate the crises.

New analysis by experts have revealed that the most lives at risk in the world are concentrated in 20 countries and they are likely to be hit by the worst humanitarian catastrophe in 2020.

These 20 countries, according to IRC, contribute to just about 10% of the world’s population, but are home to 80% of the people in need in the world.

There is a total of 14 African countries out of the 20 countries on the IRC Watchlist, six of which are in the top 10.

In order of risk, the top six African countries likely to experience the worst humanitarian crises over the coming years are the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Somalia and Central African Republic (CAR).

The other seven at the bottom 10 also in order of risk are Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Libya, Mali, Niger and Sudan.

Therefore, it is important to highlight the humanitarian inventions these aid workers are using to help better the lives of those affected by the crises.

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