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Refugee Health, An Approach to Emergency Situations

New Book Published

In recent refugee crisis, relief workers faced rapidly changing and complex environments, new disease patterns, huge humanitarian needs and relatively limited resources. A reference tool on refugee health became thus increasingly needed to provide them with operational guidance.

This book is intended for professionals involved in the public health assistance to refugee and displaced populations. It deals with refugee health issues at decisional level, and discusses the priorities of intervention during the different phases of a refugee crisis; emergency, post-emergency and repatriation phases. Drawing on the MSF's extensive experience with refugees, this is the first comprehensive account of the various issues involved in refugee health programmes.

There is one chapter on food and nutrition which is broadly split into two parts. The first part addresses nutritional interventions and includes sections on assessment, programme implementation (general and selective feeding) and monitoring and surveillance. The second part of the chapter focuses on nutritional deficiency diseases and has sections on assessment and prevention/treatment. The key reference referred to in the back of the chapter is the MSF Nutrition Guidelines 1995.

The book was published in 1997 by MACMILLAN Education Ltd. and is available from companies and representative throughout the world.

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