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Season three

Season three of our How Aid Works podcast continues to reveal secrets from the frontlines of aid. Get ready for a wild ride with larger-than-life, uplifting and occasionally tear-jerking stories.

Florence Nightingale Medal recipients talking about their experience in the field.

Modern day Florence Nightingales (part one)

Three Florence Nightingale Medal recipients reveal what it means to follow in the footsteps of the woman who inspired the international Red Cross Movement.

Florence Nightingale Medal recipient talking about her experience in the field.

Modern day Florence Nightingales (part two)

Modern day Florence Nightingales explore the big questions in emergency health: how do you provide medical care with minimal equipment?

Shelter specialist Leanne Marshall helping local communities rebuild.

Navigating a cultural minefield

Imagine facing thousands of people needing shelter after an earthquake. Then imaging trying to coordinate shelter arrangements in three languages at once.

Peter Walton

More intelligent aid

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.

Libby Bowell

Fighting 18th century diseases in 2017

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.

Bob Handby with his son Mark

Passing the baton

What’s it like having an aid worker for a father? How does that change the way you see the world?

World's most dangerous animal

Every day, silent plagues of mosquito-borne diseases are killing thousands around the globe and Kym Blechynden is leading the charge to beat them.

Switching realities

One minute you’re in the Himalayas of northern Pakistan helping communities recover from devastating floods. The next you’re in an outback Aboriginal community in Central Australia helping Aboriginal women give birth.

Piles of cash and the balance of life

Running aid operations and saving lives costs money.

What does a tap mean?

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.

Poo is not taboo

No matter whether you’re on a remote Pacific Island or in Syria’s largest city, toilets are critical to any humanitarian operation.

More than food and water

Nuran Higgins knows how hard it can be to live from hand to mouth, not knowing where the next meal is coming from.