The Open Door: Health and Foreign Policy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

By Kevin M. Cahill, M.D

The Open Door: Health and Foreign Policy and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is a joint publication of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. The book is based on the Distinguished International Health Lectures given annually at the College. The emphasis on the interaction of health on foreign policy is consistent with the CIHC's philosophy. CIHC Directors, Cyrus Vance, Lord David Owen, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Jan Eliasson and Kevin M. Cahill' M.D. are among the contributors.

To Bear Witness: A Journey of Healing and Solidarity

By Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

For more than forty-five years, Dr. Cahill has been helping to heal the world: as a leading specialist in tropical medicine and as a driving force in humanitarian assistance and relief efforts across the globe.  Physician, teacher, activist, diplomat, and advocate, Dr. Cahill has touched so many lives, and helped right so many wrongs.  And in this book, he chronicles extraordinary achievements of compassion and commitment.  Bringing together a rich selection of writings—essays, op-ed pieces, speeches, and other works, many out of print or hard to find—he crafts a fascinating self-portrait of a life dedicated to others. 

More With Less: Disasters in an Era of Diminishing Resources

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

Natural and human-made disasters are increasing around the world. Hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, and resultant famine, floods, and armed conflicts are constant reminders of the frailty of our human race. Global warming may cause whole island states to be submerged as the oceans rise. In the past these acute and recurring crises have been met by the international community responding to UN and media appeals. The economic collapse of nations is now a reality; some of those most affected had been traditional, generous donors to disaster relief operations.  It is unlikely—probably impossible—that they will be able to continue to contribute overseas when their own domestic needs are unmet.  

A recent New York Times front page report suggested that one of the few domestic issues to have bipartisan support was to cut the foreign aid budget. This book analyzes the global economic forecast and the United Nations pattern of philanthropy, provides a case study of how one nation with a tradition of giving will cope in the face of a marked reduction in flexible funds, and then provides thoughtful chapters on new approaches to disaster preparedness and disaster response.  Among the contributors are the Director of UNESCO, the UN Undersecretary General for Humanitarian Assistance, the Secretary General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, and fresh suggestions from three well-known global entrepreneurs.

Tropical Medicine: A Clinical Text

By Kevin M. Cahill, M.D. and Herbert Gilles, M.D.

A knowledge of clinical tropical medicine is essential for every modern physician. Diseases are no longer restricted by geographic boundaries. The scope and speed of air travel has destroyed the barriers of time and space. The diseases considered in this book—the greatest cripplers and killers of the world—rate only passing attention in most academic curricula. A clinical discipline depends on observations, experience and judgment. Our approach is based on the realization that most medical students wish to become practitioners, and most graduate physicians want the necessary basic information that will allow them to properly care for patients.

Sudan at the Brink: Self-determination and National Unity

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

In this brief but comprehensive book, Francis Deng offers a creative analysis of the situation in the Sudan, aimed at addressing, and hopefully resolving, the complex dilemmas confronting Sudan, Africa and the international community. Sudan is a country in which the stakes are high in opposite directions. As a success story, it can have a positive impact in Africa, the Middle East, and by extension, the wider international community. In sharp contrast, its fragmentation and failure could have devastating effects internally, regionally, and beyond. Therefore, this book is a must-read for those concerned with developments in Sudan at this critical juncture in the history of the country.

Even in Chaos: Education in Times of Emergency

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

Education is an essential—if often neglected—component in responding to emergencies after conflicts or natural disasters. Children have a fundamental right to education, and to the protection that schools uniquely provide in the chaos that characterizes life for refugees and internally displaced persons. The book is grounded in the personal experiences of children, aid workers, and national leaders involved in post-conflict resolution. Experts from many troubled parts of the world consider the scope of the problem, and the tools needed to address the crisis. This is the eighth volume in the series that focuses on the multiple facets of disaster relief operations.

The Pulse of Humanitarian Assistance

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

Understanding the complex nature of international humanitarian action, particularly following natural disasters or armed conflicts, has been the mission of this unique series. This book explores the cutting-edge concerns that will affect how assistance is offered in the future. Featuring twelve original essays by leading practitioners, policymakers, and scholars, the book is a state of the field report on problems, threats, and opportunities facing relief efforts in today's world.  With contributions from such authorities as Bernard Kouchner, founder of Doctors Without Borders, Charles McCormick, CEO of Save the Children, and physicians, military leaders, field workers, and others, the essays confront the most critical issues facing the delivery of effective relief.

Technology For Humanitarian Action

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

Humanitarian workers around the world struggle under dangerous conditions. Yet many do not have the technological tools readily available elsewhere to help them realize their mission to provide essential services and save lives. This book is a practical guide to current technologies that can help relief and humanitarian aid workers succeed. Designed to facilitate technology transfer to the humanitarian sector, the essays focus on areas where technology is underused and predict where new technological advances may be applied to relief efforts. The essays cover essential areas: communications technology and infrastructure support and security, from personal identification and tagging systems and computer-aided language to mine removal and energy generation.

Human Security For All: A Tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

The tragic death in Baghdad in 2003 of Sergio Vieira de Mello, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, brought into bitter relief the challenges faced by peacekeepers and humanitarian aid workers. The contributors to this book, all leading scholars and practitioners, offer invaluable perspectives on many of the most important political, legal, social, and military challenges confronting humanitarian aid in a world of terror and conflict. These original essays explore such topics as human rights and the rights of the displaced, working with local communities to rebuild viable governance, justice and the rule of law, and maintaining safe spaces for humanitarian relief programs in zones of conflict.

Traditions, Values, and Humanitarian Action

Edited by Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.

This third volume goes beyond the practical to address fundamental questions at the heart of humanitarian action. How do different religious, cultural, and social systems and the values they support shape humanitarian action? What are the bases of caring societies? Are there universal values for human well-being? International experts come face to face with the assumptions about human dignity and social justice that guide efforts to rescue and repair communities in crises. The original essays explore mandates for humanitarian action in religious traditions, and codes of conduct for the media, military, medicine, and the academy in relief efforts. They explore threats to human welfare from terrorism and gender exploitation and assess international law, the media, and the politics of civil society in a world of war, conflict, and strife.