A Framework for Survival: Health, Human Rights and Humanitarian Assistance in Conflicts and Disasters

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In this urgent response to the challenges of our day - Somalia, Bosnia, and beyond - an international team of experts addresses the responsibilities of providing assistance to civilian populations caught up in conflicts and disasters. The human consequences of famine and disease, ethnic conflicts, and military aggression are all too visible to concerned citizens everywhere. How can human rights be protected in times of disaster? What is the role of international relief organizations? How can political diplomacy ...
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In this urgent response to the challenges of our day - Somalia, Bosnia, and beyond - an international team of experts addresses the responsibilities of providing assistance to civilian populations caught up in conflicts and disasters. The human consequences of famine and disease, ethnic conflicts, and military aggression are all too visible to concerned citizens everywhere. How can human rights be protected in times of disaster? What is the role of international relief organizations? How can political diplomacy and health initiatives be brought together to ensure survival in a conflict-ridden world? This hard-hitting book, authored by renowned figures in medicine, political affairs, and humanitarian assistance, covers a wide range of crucial issues, from the plight of refugees to the economics of neglect. It eloquently demonstrates how global cooperation on health-related problems can open doors to political negotiation.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780465025138
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/1993
  • Pages: 352

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction 1
Meeting the Challenges of the Year 2000: Health Care and a New World Order 11
I Legal and Economic Issues 25
1 Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance, and the Sovereignty of States 27
2 The Contribution of International Humanitarian Law to the Restoration of Peace 41
3 Obligations and Responsibilities of Donor Nations 52
4 The Concerns of Recipient Nations 63
5 The Economics of Neglect 82
II Health Issues 101
6 When the System Doesn't Work: Somalia 1992 103
7 Casualties of Conflicts and Mine Warfare 121
8 The Clinical Face of Famine 138
9 The Public Health Consequences of Inaction: Lessons Learned in Responding to Sudden Population Displacements 144
10 The American Medical Establishment: An Absent Partner 159
III Private Voluntary Response 173
11 The Changing Roles of Voluntary Organizations 175
12 Relief and Reality 191
13 The Medecins sans Frontieres Experience 202
14 Coping with Disasters: From Diarrhea to Cyclones 221
15 Making the Humanitarian System Work Better 234
IV United Nations Response 257
16 Responding to Emergencies: A View from Within 259
17 Lifelines to the Innocent: Children Caught in War 275
18 The Plight of Refugees: Issues and Problems Affecting Their Humanitarian Needs 293
19 From Disaster to Development 299
20 The World Response to Humanitarian Emergencies 308
Conclusion 319
Notes 321
About The Authors 338
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