Vantage point - New response in crisis
The importance of healthcare systems that can respond quickly in times of crisis or disaster has been highlighted by the emerging situation in Europe, where millions of immigrants and refugees are in urgent need of support.
We are witnessing the largest forced migration since the second world war, as a result of political conflict and economic and humanitarian crises in the Middle East.
The issues these immigrants and refugees face include deprivation of basics, such as clean water, food, clothing and shelter; poor living conditions and hygiene; exposure to bacteria; mental health problems; and lack of access to care.
This migration has all the characteristics of war, famine and disaster. There is no time to strengthen current health systems; new forms of care need to be established immediately.
Founding small, flexible, well-organised mobile healthcare units, comprising nurses and other healthcare professionals who can respond quickly, can...
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