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In this Issue:
Are you Interested in a Career in Aid Work?
What's Next for Health in South Sudan?
How can you Help the Refugees in Europe?
Dispatches from the Field - Who is Helping the Syrians?
Would You Like to Join the Aid Works Team?
The Aid Works E-Learning Centre

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What’s Next for Health in South Sudan?

Mo recently led a team of specialists to conduct a Health Learning Assessment in South Sudan for USAID, in collaboration with MSI Worldwide. The purpose was to provide USAID with a better understanding of the health needs in South Sudan, to help them reach decisions on improving future programs. The assessment reviewed the current political, economic and social situation, as well as health sector activities across all levels of the health system. You can read the report here.
Are You Interested in a Career in Aid Work?
Then don't miss your opportunity to join our ever-popular Careers in Aid Work course in Sheffield on Saturday, 10th October.

This one day workshop is an essential introduction to anyone interested in a career in aid work. Facilitated by experienced aid workers, you will learn about the opportunities available to you in the sector, and explore how to get that all-important first job. 
We will cover:
  • An overview of the humanitarian and development sectors,
  • Motivations for pursuing a career in aid work,
  • Key players in the sector,
  • Key skills needed in the sector,
  • How to find and apply for employment, internship, volunteering and further study opportunities,
  • Improving your CV to maximise your chances of getting your first job in aid work,
  • Practical, individually targeted advice on how you can start your career in aid work.
Places are currently available at a discounted rate of £80, with further discounts for Voluntary/Community Organisations (£70) and students (£60). For full details of the course and to book your place, go to our website.
"A perfect introduction for anyone interested in aid work and a brilliant stepping stone into the sector"
"Excellent facilitators who really know their stuff - really enjoyed the day!"

- Course Participants

"Substantial global progress has been made in reducing child deaths since 1990. The number of under-five deaths worldwide has declined from 12.7 million in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015 – 16,000 every day compared with 35,000 in 1990. 

The remarkable decline in under-five mortality since 2000 has saved the lives of 48 million children under age five – children who would not have survived to see their fifth birthday if the under-five mortality rate from 2000 onward remained at the same level as in 2000." - UNICEF Child Mortality Report 2015

How you can Help the Refugees in Europe?

We think it's brilliant that people have become so engaged in this issue, and that there is so much collective will to help. But however tempting it is, we'd caution against hopping in your car and driving to Calais with a boot full of jumpers. Helping large populations in need is a complex task needing skilled and experienced personnel and plenty of resources, and you could accidentally do more harm than good.

So, how can you help? We thought we'd share some of the best suggestions we've seen over the last couple of weeks:

If you're in Sheffield, the University of Sheffield has put together this great list of local projects and charities.

If you live in the rest of the UK, read The Independent's list of practical ways you can help.

If you run a business, find out how you can benefit by taking on refugees and asylum seekers as volunteers.
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Did you know that Aid Works has created a suite of e-learning materials to help aid workers and health professionals use key software packages in South Sudan? Visit our E-Learning Centre to learn more, and to try out these free resources.
Would you like to join the Aid Works team?

We are currently looking for experienced aid professionals to join our consultancy arm.

We are also looking for aid professionals with strong coaching skills to join our team of mentors.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities, contact us at for further information.

"Physicians, surgeons, nurses, radiographers, paramedics and hospital managers are all Syrian, committed to the population and willing to take the risk. They are organised and have health committees, health NGOs, community organisations and district Ministries of Health, and have incredible reach."

You can’t turn on the TV, radio or open a newspaper at the moment without hearing about Syrian refugees and the ‘European Migrant Crisis’. But did you know that the Syrian conflict has been raging for more than 4 years? Or that less than 10% of Syrians who have fled the conflict have sought safety in Europe – while over 4 million Syrian refugees are registered in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and North Africa (UNHCR – 13th Sept '15). Or that UNOCHA estimates there are 7.6m internally displaced people in Syria, and that 12.2m people are in need of humanitarian assistance? Or that the majority of the humanitarian response is being implemented by Syrians themselves?

We asked Eba Pasha, humanitarian health worker, to recall her experiences working on the World Health Organisation’s response to the Syrian crisis. Read her account here.

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