Humanitarian action summit: Exploring the edges of humanitarian health

Michael J. Vanrooyen, Frederick M. Burkle

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The Summit, now in its third year, was developed to address some major points of need and controversy in the humanitarian field, to establish a dialogue among practitioners and humanitarian strategists, and to promote discussion about complex and controversial issues that face the humanitarian community. What follows in this publication is a detailed review of the goals, deliberations, and recommendations of the Working Groups, concluding with an analysis of future needs. The authors hope that the Summit, and the resulting action items, serve as a launching point for organizational, governmental, and United Nations practices and policies to advance the professionalism, quality and accountability of humanitarian intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)s181-s183
JournalPrehospital and disaster medicine
Issue numberSUPPL.2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • accountability
  • challenges
  • humanitarian community
  • humanitarian health
  • issues
  • non-governmental organization
  • private voluntary organization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency


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