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Michael Jennings

Michael Jennings is Reader in International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies, or SOAS University of London, where he works on issues related to global health, and the politics and history of global development.

Articles By Michael Jennings

Humanitarianism Must Adapt to Climate Change, Too By Michael Jennings - Sep 15, 2022

Aid is finally reaching the millions of Pakistanis whose lives have been upended by devastating floods. The United Nations has launched a $160 million emergency plan; supplies are being flown in from the Middle East and Asia; and donors and publics across the world are responding to this most recent disaster appeal. Pakistan’s tragedy is the latest in … Continue reading “Humanitarianism Must Adapt to Climate Change, Too”

Monkeypox and the Dangers of Misnaming Diseases By Michael Jennings - Jul 22, 2022

Monkeypox, a virus transmitted to humans mostly through small rodents (and less commonly monkeys) was first identified in 1970, and infections have typically been confined to the parts of western and central Africa where it is endemic. The disease is usually mild, with symptoms including fever and rashes clearing within a few weeks. This makes … Continue reading “Monkeypox and the Dangers of Misnaming Diseases”

Horn of Africa Famine Demands a Global Response By Michael Jennings - Jul 8, 2022

In his inauguration speech in early June, the new president of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, called attention to the grave threat of famine posed by the severe drought affecting the Horn of Africa. His plea for action echoed those of humanitarian organizations, which have been warning that the worst drought in 40 years presents a major crisis for the region, with millions … Continue reading “Horn of Africa Famine Demands a Global Response”