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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415922340
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/24/1999
  • Edition description: Revised and Upd
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin M. Cahill is President and Director of the Center for international Health and Cooperation in New York City. He also serves as Director of the Tropical Disease Center at Lenox Hospital in New York, and is Professor and Chairman of the Department of International Health at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is Senior Medical Consultant to the UN Health Service and to numerous foreign governments, as well as Pope John Paul II's American doctor.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Foreword
Introduction 1
Pt. I Reality 11
1 The Public-Health Consequences of Inaction: Lessons Learned in Responding to Sudden Population Displacements 13
2 Clinical Aspects of Famine 26
3 When the System Doesn't Work: Somalia 1992 31
4 Refugee Women: Overcoming the Odds 49
5 Mediating for Children: Child Protection in Armed Conflicts 60
6 The American Medical Establishment: An Absent Partner 96
7 The Contribution of International Humanitarian Law to the Restoration and Maintenance of Peace 109
8 Human Rights, Humanitarian Assistance and the Sovereignty of States 122
9 The Economics of Neglect 137
10 Reflections from the Donor: Obligations and Responsibilities of All Nations 154
11 Concerns of Recipient States 166
Pt. II Players 187
12 The Challenges of Humanitarian Action: Protecting People and Supporting Peace 189
13 The Plight of Refugees: Issues and Problems Affecting Their Humanitarian Needs 200
14 Relief and Reality 216
15 The Medecins Sans Frontieres Experience 226
16 The Changing Roles of Voluntary Organizations 245
17 Bangladesh: From Cyclones to Sustainable Development 257
Pt. III Solutions and Future Options 271
18 Training for Humanitarian Assistance 273
19 Underwriting Humanitarian Assistance: Mobilizing Resources for Effective Action 279
20 Learning the Lessons of Coordination 298
21 Meeting the Challenges of the New Millennium 317
Conclusion 329
Appendix 331
Notes 341
About the Authors 365
The Center for International Health and Cooperation 369
Index 371
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