From complex emergencies to terrorism-New tools for health-sector coordination in conflict-associated disasters

David A. Bradt, Christina M. Drummond

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Abstract

Inter-agency coordination in humanitarian assistance dates as a discipline from the 1960s. The United Nations, Red Cross, governmental, and nongovernmental agencies have evolved different mechanisms to achieve it. Present practices in field-based, inter-agency coordination of the health sector remain variable and non-standardized. International experiences in coordination of humanitarian assistance reveal numerous issues of jurisdiction, authority, capacity, and competency. New tools to help overcome these issues in the health-sector coordination include binding principles of engagement, protocols for the assumption of responsibilities, standardized minimum essential data sets, and health-sector component summaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-271
Number of pages9
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • complex emergencies
  • component summary
  • coordination
  • disaster
  • health sector
  • minimum essential data sets
  • terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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