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Restoring medical services in Kosovo will be a massive task

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 19 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1646
  1. Tessa Richards
  1. BMJ

    Re-establishing medical services in Kosovo is going to be extremely difficult, Bruce Laurence, medical director of Medical Emergency Relief International (MERLIN), warned last week. “The scale of destruction has been large and has been made worse by the retreating Serbian forces. We are also concerned that the medical facilities in Kosovo may have been particularly badly affected. The experience of aid agencies working in Nicaragua and Mozambique is that medical services and healthcare professionals tend to be prime targets in ethnic conflicts.”

    Over 830000 ethnic Albanians have fled Kosovo since the end of March 1999. Of these, over half are in Albania. Most of the refugees are women and children but there are also many elderly people.Although their desire to return home as soon as possible is evident, …

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