Why Save the Children is recruiting a storyteller to save lives

By Lisa Cornish 14 March 2017

A man holds up a camera. Who is a storyteller in a humanitarian setting? Photo by: Bady Qb

In April, Save the Children will be embarking on a new approach in delivering frontline emergency services.

The launch of the Emergency Health Unit will allow Save the Children to cover a “full spectrum” of services required to save the lives of children and is the star of a new approach in their response to humanitarian disasters. “It’s not that we weren’t doing it — we were doing some elements of it,” Dr. Unni Krishnan, Save the Children Australia's director of the Emergency Health Unit, explained to Devex. “But through the launch of this unit, it is going to be an overall vision and governance strategy to drive this critical piece of work.”

The Melbourne-based unit’s primary responsibility will be responding to humanitarian disasters in the Asia Pacific, filling in a gap Krishnan identified through analyzing the capabilities of Australian nongovernmental organizations in responding to disasters in the region. With natural disasters predicted to increase for this area in particular, Krishnan sees the unit as an important and critical asset moving forward to rapidly respond to disasters and save lives.

But the unit will also be available to assist with any humanitarian disaster where their expertise is required. “This will be a single, global capability, sending doctors and nurses anywhere in the world where their services are urgently required,” Krishnan said.

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Lisa Cornish is a Devex reporter based in Canberra, Australia. Lisa formerly worked with News Corp Australia as a data journalist for the national network and was published throughout Australia in major metropolitan and regional newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph in Melbourne, Herald Sun in Melbourne, Courier-Mail in Brisbane and online through news.com.au. Lisa additionally consults with Australian government providing data analytics, reporting and visualization services. Lisa was awarded the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the New South Wales Institute of Surveyors.

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