Complex, humanitarian emergencies: III. Measures of effectiveness.

F. M. Burkle, K. A. McGrady, S. L. Newett, J. J. Nelson, J. T. Dworken, W. H. Lyerly, A. S. Natsios, S. R. Lillibridge

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Complex humanitarian emergencies lack a mechanism to coordinate, communicate, assess, and evaluate response and outcome for the major participants (United Nations, International Committee of the Red Cross, non-governmental organizations and military forces). Success in these emergencies will depend on the ability to accomplish agreed upon measures of effectiveness (MOEs). A recent civil-military humanitarian exercise demonstrated the ability of participants to develop consensus-driven MOEs. These MOEs combined security measures utilized by the military with humanitarian indicators recognized by relief organizations. Measures of effectiveness have the potential to be a unifying disaster management tool and a partial solution to the communication and coordination problems inherent in these complex emergencies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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