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August 20, 2015

Inside New York Humanitarian Group's Nepal Mission

The New Yorker reports on the successes, frustrations, and calculations of providing emergency medical aid through the prism of a New York City aid charity's trip to Nepal in April to treat earthquake victims. Reporter Nick McDonell accompanied a team from NYC Medics, a group of paramedics that conducts disaster-relief missions, to a remote Himalayan village in the wake of the disaster.

Mr. McDonell details the logistical challenges and quick decision making that go into what the magazine calls "the gamble of emergency relief" and that fuel debate over whether charitable dollars are better spent buttressing health-care infrastructure in poor countries. "This is a fundamental dilemma of disaster relief: Preparedness is more effective than response, but it is also more difficult to staff and fund," he writes.