Emerging issues and future needs in humanitarian assistance

Michael J. Vanrooyen, Steven Hansch, Donna Curtis, Gilbert Burnham

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During the past two decades, there has been tremendous investment in the ability to intervene in disaster settings, and significant barriers remain to providing appropriate services to populations affected by natural and manmade calamities. Many of the barriers to providing effective assistance exist within the NGO community, and illustrate emerging needs for international agencies. These emerging needs include improving methods of recipient participation to promote the local health system, developing improved methods for quality assurance, enhancing options for personnel development, and addressing long-term needs of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Relief agencies face challenges on all levels to develop sound practices in providing humanitarian assistance that can lead to long-term benefits to populations affected by disaster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-222
Number of pages7
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2001


  • assistance
  • barriers
  • complex emergencies
  • dangers
  • data
  • development
  • disaster
  • effects
  • efficiency
  • evaluation
  • field
  • health system
  • humaniarian
  • managers
  • nongovernmental agencies
  • participation
  • policymaking
  • prevention
  • recipients
  • reform
  • volunteers
  • workers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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