The IPaT Humanitarian Systems initiative is focused on developing novel communication and information technologies to aid communities during disaster and crisis situations. The initiative examines the role of computers and communications in social and political development with the aim of building systems that support communities as they overcome significant challenges.
Transforming Humanitarian Systems
Researcher: Ellen Zegura Georgia Tech professor Ellen Zegura partners with the Carter Center in a new effort to promote and support mental health in post-civil war Liberia. As a part of the program, each year two cohorts of Liberian medical professionals participate in a rigorous 6-month training program to earn the equivalent of a master’s degree in mental health care. These newly credentialed mental health clinicians work to serve and support the people of Liberia. In August 2011, the first set of 21 mental health specialists graduated from the program. Considering that at the start of the project Liberia had just one psychiatrist in the entire country and only three psychiatric nurses, the Mental Health Liberia project is a highly ambitious effort to build health provider... Read More