[Source: The Lancet, full page: (LINK). Summary, edited.]
Is war a man-made public health problem?
Oliver Razum, Henrique Barros, Robert Buckingham, Mary Codd, Katarzyna Czabanowska, Nino Künzli et al.
Published: October 16, 2019 / DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31900-2
Wars and armed conflicts have devastating consequences for the physical and mental health of all people involved, for the social life within and surrounding the war-affected regions, and for the health of the environment. Wars destroy health infrastructure, undoing years of health advancement, and severely compromise health systems’ capacity to respond to the direct and indirect health consequences of fighting. Millions of people have been internally displaced or forced to flee their countries because of armed conflict. Forced migration creates further physical and mental health problems during transit, in enforced encampment, and because of restricted entitlement to health care in countries hosting refugees.1, 2, 3
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OR, HB, RB, MC, KC, NK, KL, and CS are the executive board members of ASPHER; RO is director at ASPHER; JM is president of ASPHER.
Keywords: Wars; Society; Public Health.