Use military and private sector to cope with disasters, aid agencies told

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1233
  1. 1Caroline White

    Aid agencies must make greater use of the military and the private sector if they are to cope with the increasing number of humanitarian disasters, experts have warned.

    Speaking at a conference on disaster relief held in London last week, John Mcgrath, programme researcher at Oxfam International, said that climate change and increasing urbanisation were changing the impact, frequency, and pace of disasters.

    Disasters had quadrupled since the 1980s, with category 5 floods and storms doubling from 40-50 in the 1970s to 90 in the past …

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