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How do you stop an epidemic that’s already killed the local doctors? How do you solve a problem like 80,000 refugees and no toilets? How do you pipe safe drinking water into a village with no roads and no electricity? In this podcast, Australian Red Cross aid workers talk about the challenges of providing aid – in the crises that make the news and the ones that don’t. If you’ve ever donated to an aid agency or wanted to be an aid worker, this is the show for you.

How do you stop an epidemic that’s already killed the local doctors? How do you solve a problem like 80,000 refugees and no toilets? How do you pipe safe drinking water into a village with no roads and no electricity? In this podcast, Australian Red Cross aid workers talk about the challenges of providing aid – in the crises that make the news and the ones that don’t. If you’ve ever donated to an aid agency or wanted to be an aid worker, this is the show for you.
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How do you stop an epidemic that’s already killed the local doctors? How do you solve a problem like 80,000 refugees and no toilets? How do you pipe safe drinking water into a village with no roads and no electricity? In this podcast, Australian Red Cross aid workers talk about the challenges of providing aid – in the crises that make the news and the ones that don’t. If you’ve ever donated to an aid agency or wanted to be an aid worker, this is the show for you.

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English


Episodes

Switching realities

11/14/2017
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One minute you’re in the Himalayas of northern Pakistan helping communities recover from devastating floods. The next minute you’re in an outback Aboriginal community in Central Australia helping Aboriginal women give birth. How do you switch realities and cope with the culture shock? Nurse Yvonne Ginifer shares her secrets.

Duration: 00:33:40


World's most dangerous animal

11/7/2017
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Every day, silent plagues of mosquito-borne diseases are killing thousands around the globe and Kym Blechynden is leading the charge to beat them. Working across the Asia-Pacific, how do you take on the mighty mosquito to stop killer diseases like dengue, malaria and zika in their tracks?

Duration: 00:19:05


Passing the baton

10/31/2017
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What’s it like having an aid worker for a father? How does that change the way you see the world? In this special discussion, veteran aid worker and humanitarian legend, Bob Handby passes the baton to his son, water engineer Mark. They reveal how a love for humanity is handed down the generations.

Duration: 00:32:22


Fighting 18th century diseases in 2017

10/24/2017
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Why the hell does cholera still exist? Libby Bowell, who’s been tackling preventable and horrifying diseases for several years, explains the perfect storm of conditions that come together to cause an epidemic.

Duration: 00:31:56


More intelligent aid

10/17/2017
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Is it time for more intelligent aid? Red Cross International Director, Peter Walton, reflects on his days in the field and how we can turn aid on its head; from using drones to help in disasters, to using local Pacific businesses to supply relief goods to their own communities.

Duration: 00:24:28


Navigating a cultural minefield

10/10/2017
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Imagine facing thousands of people needing shelter after an earthquake. Then imaging trying to coordinate shelter arrangements in three languages at once. Shelter specialist Leeanne Marshall shines a light on the challenges of delivering one of the fundamental necessities of life; a roof overhead.

Duration: 00:30:18


Modern day Florence Nightingales (part two)

10/3/2017
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Modern day Florence Nightingales explore the big questions in emergency health: how do you provide medical care with minimal equipment? How do you keep your cool when people are dying around you because there aren’t enough doctors, nurses, medicines or time? Why are children still dying of hunger? How do field hospitals work?

Duration: 00:47:48


Modern day Florence Nightingales (part one)

9/26/2017
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Three Florence Nightingale Medal recipients reveal what it means to follow in the footsteps of the woman who inspired the international Red Cross Movement. Cath Salmon shares a story of binding shattered limbs in a war field hospital, Ruth Jebb cares for a man whose his wife was washed away in typhoon floods and Anne Carey talks about how local volunteers beat Ebola in West Africa.

Duration: 00:46:57


Congratulations! You’re forever a misfit

11/6/2016
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The mission’s over. Time to catch up with your mates and a season’s worth of Game of Thrones. Except that people treat you differently after you’ve worked in an Ebola zone. And you’ll never watch the news in the same way again. Aid work leaves its unique stamp on you.

Duration: 00:32:02


Advice to my younger self

10/23/2016
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Learn to manage risk, because someone will shoot at you. Stop being so damn idealistic. Sit back and listen. There are no heroes, least of all you. Our guests share advice they wish they’d heard when they started their careers in aid work.

Duration: 00:23:16


Equifinality

10/9/2016
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What could possibly go wrong on a relief mission? Well… border disputes, power outages, strikes, random epidemics, natural disasters, insurgencies, rains shutting down roads and governments being overthrown. You’ll see why aid work needs an indomitable spirit.

Duration: 00:30:30


Love in the hot zone

9/25/2016
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Listen up, Humanitarians of Tinder! It can be hard to maintain relationships with family, let alone find love, when you’re going from mission to mission in high-security zones. We talk honestly about the birds, the bees and the precautions.

A water stop in an apocalypse

9/11/2016
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How do you feel watching families flee in an apocalyptic sea of people? How do you cope with an Ebola nightmare sweeping before your eyes? And what passes through your mind when you witness an exploding donkey amid drought and violence?

The coffin on the bus and other tales of horror

8/28/2016
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Sometimes you’re faced with a carful of corpses. Sometimes you have to drive the body of a bomb victim home to her parents. Sometimes you have to treat an illness so contagious that other doctors have already died. We discover what it’s like to be an emergency health worker… and why you should always pack a scarf in your travel bag.

4 minutes to save the world

8/14/2016
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Every minute is a matter of life or death when a disaster strikes or a conflict breaks out. Aid workers are in a race against time: whether to treat the ill and injured before it’s too late or get relief supplies to inaccessible locations. Our guests explain how order emerges from chaos.

A week of terror and inadequacy

7/31/2016
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This week we look at your very first mission as an aid worker: whether it’s Pakistan after an earthquake, a refugee camp in South Sudan or a tiny Tongan island. We reflect on how expectation differs from reality and how you see the world afterwards.

Duration: 00:24:45


Earthquake, war, famine, flood … interested?

7/17/2016
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It’s a job you can’t wait to leave and can’t wait to return to. We look at how to break into the field of humanitarian aid work, with an honest assessment of how to survive this terrifying, frustrating, addictive job.

Duration: 07:26:34


We’ll Do It Our Way, Thanks

12/13/2015
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The Philippines has been battered by three super-typhoons in the last three years. It’s not surprising that they’ve become very good at dealing with them. Catherine Gearing unpacks the success factors that have dramatically reduced the death rate from Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 to Typhoon Koppu in 2015.

The Pitter-Patter of Ebola Vomit

11/29/2015
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How well did our humanitarians face the big disasters of last year – the disease outbreaks, the earthquakes, the conflicts that created a global refugee crisis? Steve McAndrew, who led Red Cross responses to most of these crises, offers us insight, gruesome stories and his personal hopes for humanity.

Ingenuity

11/1/2015
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How do you solve a problem like 85,000 people and no toilets? We ask sanitation engineer James Godbee about solutions devised in the field, on the run, to solve the unexpected challenges that can arise in humanitarian aid.
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