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Medical emergencies in conflict areas are too often ignored, says aid agency

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 11 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:60
  1. Sally Hargreaves
  1. 1London

    The impact of tuberculosis and the devastation caused by wars in the Central African Republic and Chechnya are among the top 10 most under-reported medical emergencies of 2006, as rated in a list released online this week by the international aid charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    “The violence and suffering that MSF medical staff witness is too often seen as a norm that does not merit media attention,” said Jean-Michel Piedagnel, executive director of MSF UK, London. He added, “Yet the media is crucial in bringing humanitarian issues into the public consciousness and is often a precondition for increased …

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