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Refugee Health: An Approach to Emergency Situations

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 16 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:200
  1. C Ronald, specialist registrar in paediatrics attached to Child Advocacy International,
  2. D Southall, professor of paediatrics
  1. Child Advocacy International

    Médecins Sans Frontières

    Macmillan Education, £5.85, pp384

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    ISBN 0333722108

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    In armed conflicts that force the populations of villages and towns to hurriedly abandon their homes, children are often the first to suffer the consequences and the least able to endure them. Groups managing such situations must specifically address the traumas suffered by child refugees.

    Refugee Health provides invaluable information in this respect. The size of this yearly human disaster is staggering. Figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) indicate that in 1994there were 23million refugees worldwide. News pictures of feeding …

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