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Conflict and Health: Protecting Civilians and the New Wars

When Jan 23, 2006
from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where Foster Auditorium, 101 Pattee Library
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Professor of Clinical International Nursing

Richard Garfield is Professor of International Nursing and Coordinator of a WHO/PAHO Nursing Collaborating Center at Columbia University, and Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the American Public Health Association. He combines qualitative perspective of community health promotion and the quantitative skills of epidemiology to assess morbidity and mortality changes among civilian groups in humanitarian crises around the world. Publications by Richard Garfield include Health and Revolution: The Nicaraguan ExperienceHealth and the War Against Nicaragua 1981-1984; and Health Care in Nicaragua: Primary Care Under Changing Regimes.

Conflict and Health: Protecting Civilians and the New Wars

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There are fewer deaths among combatants in conflicts now than at any time in the last 100 years, but the indirect effects on conflict on non-combatants are great and can be reduced. Yet this harm is frequently unrecognized and unaddressed. Opportunities to reduce harm, stabilize societies, and stimulate development are wasted. Examples from a variety of countries of opportunities taken or opportunities missed will be presented. We can then discuss the needs and conditions for doing better, the relationship of conflict to Millennium Development Goals, and opportunities for health science schools and students to make a useful contribution.