Aid after disasters: Economic considerations tend to take priority

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7507.49-b (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:49
  1. Awori J Hayanga (jhayang1@jhmi.edu), surgery resident
  1. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD 21287, USA

    EDITOR—In their editorial van Ommeren et al show that reactions to natural disasters are delicate international matters.1 Spiegel divided these disasters into natural disasters and complex emergencies. He cited political opinion or backlash as a predominant determining factor affecting response to these events.2 These responses, however, may instead be influenced more strongly by vested economic …

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