Social work is a profession that is increasingly involved with issues which have a global dimension. This Handbook tackles the global/local aspect of social work in its various forms and interrogates the key concerns that societies are facing through an international lens. The contributors show that, with an appreciation of commonalities and differences, local practices and appropriate forms of international activity can be better developed.
Chapter n18: Disaster Management and Humanitarian Action
Disaster Management and Humanitarian Action
Disasters can occur at any time, with or without warning, and in any place. When a disaster strikes, national infrastructures and social systems often collapse and thousands of people are left amongst the ruins desperately trying to piece their lives back together. In 2010, mega-disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan were strong reminders of this level of destruction. The death toll for Haiti reached over 200,000 with an estimated 1 million people being displaced from their homes (Reuters, 2010). In Pakistan, the number of affected people reached a staggering 17.2 million with a death toll of more than 1500 people (US AID, 2010). Especially in mega-disasters ...