Getting aid worker health and well-being at the first World Humanitarian Summit (

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You’ve probably heard that the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit is happening right now.

Like aid work in general, it’s a colorful mix of good intentions, confusing agendas, and planning gone wrong. I jest…but in all the discussions that are happening this week in Istanbul, aid worker wellness was critically left out of official proceedings.

But we’re not taking “no” for an answer.

For a great look at why aid worker wellness deserves to be front and center on the humanitarian aid agenda, I highly recommend that you have a listen to her 2-day WHS special on Emergency AIDio.

The radio show is presented by fellow aid worker wellness advocate Nuran Higgins of The Healthy Nomad.

Day 1 is here and focuses on aid worker health and well-being, featuring guests Amy Brathwaite, director of the documentary “Kick at the Darkness,” Amandine Roche of the Amanuddin Foundation in Afghanistan, Samara Andrade, who we’re proudly collaborating with on an Aid Worker Wellness Directory, and Megan Nobert of Report the Abuse.

Day 2 is here, with a focus on safety and security for aid workers. Guests include Pauline Chetcuti, Head of Humanitarian Advocacy for Action Contre la Faim (ACF), and Rebecca Maudling, the Director for International Location Safety (ILS)

Thanks to Nuran and to all of you in Istanbul and worldwide, who are working together to put aid worker wellness firmly on the global aid and development agenda.

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