273176 Impact of War and Its Aftermath on Public Health

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 2:30 PM - 2:50 PM

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH , Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Sherborn, MA
War and its aftermath have profound impact on public health. War and the aftermath of war claim many lives, with civilian noncombatants accounting, over time, for an increasing percentage of deaths during wartime. In recent decades, civil noncombatants have been increasingly targeted during war for assassination, abduction, sexual violence, and other human rights violations. In many recent wars, damage to the health-supporting infrastructure of society accounts for more morbidity and mortality than bullets and bombs. This includes damage to agriculture and the food supply system, water treatment and supply, sewage treatment and sanitation, and health care, public health, transportation, communication, and electrical power generation. Forced migration contributes to morbidity and mortality during wartime and its aftermath; internally displaced persons may face greater difficulties than refugees who escape to other countries. Expenditures for military uses diverts resources from health, education, and other sectors of society. Public health workers can play important roles in miniminizing the public health consequences of war and its aftermath, and to help prevent war itself.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the causes of morbidity and mortality during war and its aftermath. 2. Describe what public health workers can do to minimize the health consequences of war and to help prevent war itself.

Keywords: War, Agent Orange

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: NA

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have written several books on this topic. I am a physician and epidemiologist with extensive experience in public health practice, education, research, and consulting in the United States and more than 20 other countries. I have co-edited several books and written numerous articles and book chapters on a wide range of public health subjects.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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