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Cluster approach improves provision of disaster aid, says WHO

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1571 (Published 05 September 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1571
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    A “cluster” approach, in which different aid organisations work together with shared goals, made for a better coordinated response to Cyclone Nargis, which hit Burma (Myanmar) in May this year, a report from the World Health Organization states.

    The response used innovative forms of assessment and distribution to overcome severe political constraints in responding to the natural disaster, which claimed more than 160 000 lives.

    Rudi Coninx, WHO’s coordinator for emergency relief efforts, was one of the first specialist staff from a United Nations agency on the ground in the wake of Cyclone …

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