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Uncoordinated aid efforts after earthquake could result in duplication, WHO warns

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 13 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:864
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. London

    An uncoordinated inflow of medical supplies to Kashmir could result in duplication and unnecessary logistic burden, the World Health Organization has warned aid agencies. International agencies are gearing up for a massive relief effort after last weekend's earthquake that devastated the divided region of Kashmir. While warning that water borne diseases are a major public health concern, WHO cautions, “There is a risk that an uncoordinated inflow of medical supplies will result in duplication of efforts causing an unnecessary logistic burden.”

    A spokesman for the World Health Organization said, “Severe damage to health facilities …

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