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General interest items edited by Janice Flahiff

Children and War

The Children and War Foundation was established in 2000 to “improve children’s lives after wars and disasters”.
The home page reflects current efforts, from the effect of trauma and stress on Palestinian children to a Disaster Bereavement Manual to rescue and acute efforts in Japan.
The toolbar Projects option leads to summaries of  current efforts in Africa, America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
The foundation has developed a number of Measures to screen and quantify the effects of war, disaster and trauma on children.
For example, the Children’s Revised Impact of Event Scale is “a widely used screening tool measuring children at risk for post traumatic stress symptoms, and is designed to be used in children aged 8 and above. It has been applied in a variety of cultures as post traumatic stress symptoms in children are more similar than they are different from one culture to the other.”
On a more human level, the Stories link on the home page’s left column provides narratives of children caught up in wars and disasters, and given assistance by the foundation.
Elizabeth of Uganda was kidnapped and used as a slave by Ugandan government soldiers. Luay of Iraq was traumatized by carrying the dead out of bombed ruins.

May 1, 2011 Posted by | Professional Health Care Resources | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Climate Change Threatens Global Security, Warn Medical And Military Leaders

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Climate Change Threatens Global Security, Warn Medical And Military Leaders

From the April 5 2011 Medical News Today item

Medical and military leaders have come together today to warn that climate change not only spells a global health catastrophe, but also threatens global stability and security.

“Climate change poses an immediate and grave threat, driving ill-health and increasing the risk of conflict, such that each feeds upon the other,” they write in an editorial published on bmj.com today [full text]. Their views come ahead of an open meeting on these issues to be held at the British Medical Association on 20 June 2011….

 

 

April 6, 2011 Posted by | Public Health | , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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