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Health care for refugees and displaced people is drawing on the experience of Oxfam staff in many different emergency situations. This book is a short, practical introduction to the provision of health care in emergencies. Oxfam published this book has to assist health workers in relief and refugee programmes. It is by no means a comprehensive textbook, nor an exhaustive ‘how to do it’. However, health workers with limited or no experience of emergency situations will benefit from this reference tool. Reader can use it in conjunction with other texts and specialised guidelines. It does not deal with immediate medical and surgical care, but with the health needs and priorities of people who have been forced to flee from their homes for whatever reasons.
Over the years, wide variety of health-related projects involved Oxfam . The Practical Health Guides draw on this experience to put forward ideas on best practice in the provision of health care and services in developing countries.
This text is a short, practical introduction to the provision of health care in emergencies. It provides a checklist of the information required to build up a rapid picture of the situation and of healthcare needs, and describes the implementation of health care procedures and the necessary facilities, including information on feeding, preventive health care, clinical care and control of common diseases such as measles, diarrhoea and malaria.
In conclusion, the book provides information about evaluation and issues arising from a long term displacement. In the appendices you will find detailed information on aspects of health care such as nutrition, deficiency diseases, drugs, water, and treatment protocols.
Catherine Mears has worked in the field of public health in emergencies for several years. She is the co-author of Health Care for Refugees and Displaced People (Oxfam 1994).
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