Natural Disasters, Armed Conflict, and Public Health

by Jennifer Leaning and Debarati Guha-Sapir
N Engl J Med 2013; 369:1836-1842, November 7, 2013

7 pp. 680 kB:
http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMra1109877

The effects of armed conflict and natural disasters on global public health are widespread. Much progress has been made in the technical quality, normative coherence, and efficiency of the health care response. But action after the fact remains insufficient. In the years ahead, the international community must address the root causes of these crises. Natural disasters, particularly floods and storms, will become more frequent and severe because of climate change. Humanitarian relief will always be required, and there is a demonstrable need, as in other areas of global health, to place greater emphasis on prevention and mitigation.

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