World Humanitarian Day Highlights ‘Humanitarian Heroes’

The Lancet: Working towards better health in humanitarian crises
Editorial Board

“…Since 2006, [August 19th] has marked World Humanitarian Day to commemorate … all the people who have lost their lives in humanitarian service and to celebrate those presently working in crisis and disaster settings around the world. This year, the day is shining a spotlight on ‘humanitarian heroes.’ … A new Lancet Series on humanitarian crises and health, due to be published next year, will review the evidence base for public health interventions in emergencies, assess public health information sources, and examine health and data in the ongoing Syrian crisis among other topics. We hope the Series will feed into the global conversation about the future of humanitarian action and improve the use of science to protect people living, and working, in crises” (8/15).