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Chapter 21: Humanizing Work: Occupational Mental Health of Humanitarian Aid Workers

Humanizing Work: Occupational Mental Health of Humanitarian Aid Workers

Humanizing work: occupational mental health of humanitarian aid workers
Cheryl Y. S. Foo Helen Verdeli Alvin Kuowei Tay

Introduction

Since the turn of the 21st century, the increasingly frequent, complex, and protracted humanitarian emergencies have substantially increased both the demand for humanitarian aid work and the emotional burden on the workers who carry out the operations on the ground. Between 2015 and 2018, the number of humanitarian aid workers (HAWs) in the field grew by 27% to an estimated 569,700 personnel (ALNAP, 2018). Despite its significant expansion, in 2018, this workforce was still dismally deficient in adequately serving the estimated 206 million people ...

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