|Title||Tackling the global challenge: humanitarian catastrophes.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Journal||West J Emerg Med|
|Date Published||2014 Mar|
"Humanitarian catastrophes," conflicts and calamities generating both widespread human suffering and destructive events, require a wide range of emergency resources. This paper answers a number of questions that humanitarian catastrophes generate: Why and how do the most-developed countries-those with the resources, capabilities, and willingness to help-intervene in specific types of disasters? What ethical and legal guidelines shape our interventions? How well do we achieve our goals? It then suggests a number of changes to improve humanitarian responses, including better NGO-government cooperation, increased research on the best disaster response methods, clarification of the criteria and roles for humanitarian (military) interventions, and development of post-2015 Millennium Development Goals with more accurate progress measures.
|Alternate Journal||West J Emerg Med|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC3966462|
Tackling the global challenge: humanitarian catastrophes.
Kenneth V. Iserson, MD, MBA, FACEP