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Learning more about responding to conflict and disaster

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 19 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:0-c

Past, present, and potential natural disasters, conflicts, and humanitarian crises in the Eastern Mediterranean Region highlight the need for investment in disaster planning and response services. In a collection of articles (p 843) authors with front line experience show that the poor and marginalised bear the brunt of both natural and man made disasters. The articles comment on the challenges faced by humanitarian and emergency agencies and proffer suggestions—ranging from practical to political—on how their interventions might be improved and the impact of future disasters mitigated.

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