Moving from the 'Why' to the 'How': Reflections on Humanitarian Response in urban settings

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/279019
Title:
Moving from the 'Why' to the 'How': Reflections on Humanitarian Response in urban settings
Authors:
Lucchi, E
Journal:
Disasters
Abstract:
Given the rising numbers of crises in urban settings, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently shifting its focus from 'why' it should intervene to 'how' it should intervene effectively in these contexts. Beyond communities affected by natural disasters and epidemics, MSF has chosen to target populations in urban settings that are affected by violence or by marginalisation and neglect: these groups appear to suffer the greatest number of severe threats to their health and well-being. Recent reflection within MSF has identified a number of key operational challenges to confront in order to respond efficiently to the needs of these populations. These include: appropriate assessments; measurable indicators of vulnerability and impact; pertinent operational approaches and medical strategies; adapted security management; and responsible closure of activities. This paper summarises the main lessons learned from working in urban settings with the principal aim of mutual sharing and understanding.
Affiliation:
Médecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens, Barcelona, Spain. Elena.LUCCHI@barcelona.msf.org
Issue Date:
1-Jul-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10144/279019
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-7717.2012.01283.x
PubMed ID:
22687158
Language:
en
ISSN:
1467-7717
Appears in Collections:
Emergencies/refugees

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dc.contributor.authorLucchi, Een_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-04-04T23:04:06Z-
dc.date.available2013-04-04T23:04:06Z-
dc.date.issued2012-07-01-
dc.identifier.citationMoving from the 'why' to the 'how': reflections on humanitarian response in urban settings. 2012, 36 Suppl 1:S87-104 Disastersen_GB
dc.identifier.issn1467-7717-
dc.identifier.pmid22687158-
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-7717.2012.01283.x-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/279019-
dc.description.abstractGiven the rising numbers of crises in urban settings, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is currently shifting its focus from 'why' it should intervene to 'how' it should intervene effectively in these contexts. Beyond communities affected by natural disasters and epidemics, MSF has chosen to target populations in urban settings that are affected by violence or by marginalisation and neglect: these groups appear to suffer the greatest number of severe threats to their health and well-being. Recent reflection within MSF has identified a number of key operational challenges to confront in order to respond efficiently to the needs of these populations. These include: appropriate assessments; measurable indicators of vulnerability and impact; pertinent operational approaches and medical strategies; adapted security management; and responsible closure of activities. This paper summarises the main lessons learned from working in urban settings with the principal aim of mutual sharing and understanding.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rightsPublished by Wiley-Blackwell Archived on this site with the kind permission of Wiley-Blackwell, [url]http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/loi/DISA[/url]en_GB
dc.subject.meshAltruismen_GB
dc.subject.meshCommunity Networksen_GB
dc.subject.meshConsumer Advocacyen_GB
dc.subject.meshDisaster Planningen_GB
dc.subject.meshHaitien_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Services Needs and Demanden_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Statusen_GB
dc.subject.meshHealth Surveysen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshNeeds Assessmenten_GB
dc.subject.meshUrban Populationen_GB
dc.titleMoving from the 'Why' to the 'How': Reflections on Humanitarian Response in urban settingsen
dc.contributor.departmentMédecins Sans Frontières, Operational Centre Barcelona-Athens, Barcelona, Spain. Elena.LUCCHI@barcelona.msf.orgen_GB
dc.identifier.journalDisastersen_GB

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