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Global initiative is launched to boost protection of hospitals in disasters

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4222
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. 1Geneva

    A new initiative has been launched to try to limit the destruction that natural disasters inflict on hospitals and other healthcare facilities, especially in poorer nations.

    The World Health Organization, the United Nations Secretariat for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, and the World Bank, with the support of the UK Health Protection Agency, launched the initiative on risk reduction in London on Wednesday 14 October. It aims to enhance emergency preparedness around the globe.

    “Health has not been as strong a voice as it should be,” said Jonathan Abrahams, a WHO coordinator for risk reduction and …

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