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The Most Impactful Humanitarian Achievements in 2016

Humanitarian organizations such as NGOs, volunteer, and faith-based organizations are not about making money, they’re in it to help those who need it most. Many impressive achievements were made in 2016 in the field of humanitarian work.

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To help develop vulnerable locations or to support the cause you care for, it’s all about making the world a better place and putting a smile on the faces of the local population. We are proud to be serving such organizations by offering tailored travel itineraries.

Many organizations made a positive impact on humanitarian work in 2016. This article highlights notable achievements made by compassionate organizations. Bear in mind, this doesn’t mean that these are the only organizations who achieved amazing results in the field of humanitarian work. Humanitarian organizations help those who need it most every single day through their compassionate efforts.

  • Ending of the Ebola outbreak
    An original outbreak of Ebola virus disease that begun in West Africa in December 2013, mainly affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has now ended, but the risk of sporadic cases (flare-ups) remain. On 8 August 2014, WHO had declared the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The WHO declared the end of Ebola transmission in Guinea on 29 December 2015, in Liberia on 14 January 2016, and in Sierra Leone on 17 March 2016.
  • First successful ship-to-shore drone delivery takes place in New Jersey
    Delivery of medical supplies to inaccessible locations often proves to be a difficult endeavor. Drones could prove to be a valuable addition to any humanitarian organization which faces remote terrain. A drone can successfully deliver medical supplies, and that’s exactly what happened at the New Jersey coastline. The first ship-to-drone delivery launched straight from the deck of a ship. The flight was designed to test whether drones could be used to carry human medical supplies and proved they could.
  • Sri Lanka is malaria-free
    Another country is declared Malaria-free. “Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries, but now it is malaria-free. This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders, and signifies the great leaps that can be made when targeted action is taken. It also demonstrates the importance of grass-roots community engagement and a whole-of-society approach when it comes to making dramatic public health gains,” WHO Regional Director, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, said here.

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