It is with great sadness to record the passing of John Beavis.
As his Irish forebears would say: What do you want, the truth or a good story? In John, the two always coincided. Read the full obituary here.
IDEALS was established in 2000 to help relieve poverty, distress and suffering in any part of the world affected by conflict and/or natural disaster. Since then we have worked extensively in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and, more recently, in Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory, with the aim of providing humanitarian aid on a sustainable basis, forging links between emergency relief and long-term development. With the technical expertise available to us we have channelled our resources into the health sector: the provision of primary and secondary health care services in emergencies; the rehabilitation of health infrastructure (both buildings and equipment); the training of health workers (both hospital and community based); public health interventions; and the improvement of rehabilitation services for those with disabilities. We have also supported the delivery of other emergency relief (distribution of essential food and non-food items), construction and livelihood projects, to aid recovery in affected communities.