Campaign is launched to protect health facilities from disasters

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:176
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    Hundreds of hospitals and other health facilities are destroyed or damaged every year by natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. Consequently, millions of people are left without emergency care during and after disasters when such facilities are unable to function.

    A two year global campaign to make hospitals and clinics safe from disasters was launched at this week’s world economic forum in Davos, Switzerland, by the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and the World Health Organization, with support from the World Bank.

    The secretariat warns, “Damage to primary healthcare centres during disasters can deal serious blows to public …

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