Responding to international disasters
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Responding to international disasters

Susan Campbell Volunteer community health adviser, Goal, Kampala, Uganda

Large-scale disasters attract broad coverage by the media and images of death and destruction circulate worldwide in minutes. This prompts the authorities in disaster-stricken areas to request external medical teams, and well-intentioned countries and aid organisations dispatch them to offer care for the victims (World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization (WHO/PAHO) 2004a). This article provides information on disaster management for those with an interest in responding to international disasters such as the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004.

Nursing Standard. 19, 21, 33-36. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.


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