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Ever wanted an intimate chat with people who treat the wounded in wartime, fight epidemics and respond to disasters? Season three of our How Aid Works podcast continues to reveals secrets from the frontlines of aid. Get ready for a wild ride with larger-than-life, uplifting and occasionally tear-jerking stories. Pearls of wisdom are served for your listening pleasure, with black humour and down-to-earth honesty.

If you've ever wondered how aid works, this is the show for you.
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More than food and water

More than food and water

2017-12-1200:33:38

Nuran Higgins knows how hard it can be to live from hand to mouth, not knowing where the next meal is coming from. Once homeless, she is now helping to improve the way aid is delivered from Nepal to Afghanistan.
Poo is not taboo

Poo is not taboo

2017-12-0500:22:44

No matter whether you’re on a remote Pacific Island or in Syria’s largest city, toilets are critical to any humanitarian operation. Sanitation expert Pete McArdle gets to the very bowels of the matter.
What does a tap mean?

What does a tap mean?

2017-11-2800:25:22

Just once, try this: Walk a kilometre downhill, fill three buckets with water and carry them back home. Then you’ll have the faintest sense of what clean water means to millions of mothers and their children around the world. Celeste Swain talks about the things that change once people get access to water:  from everyday things like avoiding snake bites, to life-changing things like the opportunity to go to school or get a job.
To run an Ebola treatment you need big piles of cash. In this age of plastic cards and electronic transfers, providing aid costs money. And while you’re handling the finances for a multi-million dollar recovery program for a whole country, where do you find time to teach yourself to swim and compete in a triathlon? Meet the Red Cross iron woman of finance, Patrea Ryan, who helps explain where the money goes and how it helps.
Switching realities

Switching realities

2017-11-1400:33:41

One minute you’re in the Himalayas of northern Pakistan helping communities recover from devastating floods. The next minute you’re in an outback Aboriginal community in Central Australia helping Aboriginal women give birth. How do you switch realities and cope with the culture shock? Nurse Yvonne Ginifer shares her secrets.
Every day, silent plagues of mosquito-borne diseases are killing thousands around the globe and Kym Blechynden is leading the charge to beat them. Working across the Asia-Pacific, how do you take on the mighty mosquito to stop killer diseases like dengue, malaria and zika in their tracks?
Passing the baton

Passing the baton

2017-10-3100:31:51

What’s it like having an aid worker for a father? How does that change the way you see the world? In this special discussion, veteran aid worker and humanitarian legend, Bob Handby passes the baton to his son, water engineer Mark. They reveal how a love for humanity is handed down the generations.
Why the hell does cholera still exist? Libby Bowell, who’s been tackling preventable and horrifying diseases for several years, explains the perfect storm of conditions that come together to cause an epidemic.
More intelligent aid

More intelligent aid

2017-10-1700:24:15

Is it time for more intelligent aid?  Red Cross International Director, Peter Walton, reflects on his days in the field and how we can turn aid on its head; from using drones to help in disasters, to using local Pacific businesses to supply relief goods to their own communities.
Imagine facing thousands of people needing shelter after an earthquake. Then imaging trying to coordinate shelter arrangements in three languages at once.  Shelter specialist Leeanne Marshall shines a light on the challenges of delivering one of the fundamental necessities of life; a roof overhead.
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