Neglect and failures of human security in humanitarian settings: Challenges and recommendations

Robert MacPherson, Frederick M. Burkle

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Abstract

The lack of attention to basic safety and security standards by the humanitarian community is endemic. The tragic bombing and loss of life of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq in 2003 is but one of many unfortunate examples; these incidents are increasing in number. Tools for establishing an organizational security framework are readily available. Capacity to implement this framework requires understanding the culture of safety and security and individual and organizational leadership. This report outlines the essential steps and components necessary to meet this requirement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)174-178
Number of pages5
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Humanitarian aid
  • Humanitarian organization security
  • Risk mitigation
  • Security planning
  • War and conflict

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency

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