Online Program

Impact of armed conflict on non-combatant civilians

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor of Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Sherborn, MA
Armed conflict takes a profound toll on non-combatant civilian populations. Over the past century, an increasing percentage of deaths during armed conflict have been to non-combatant civilian populations. Civilians also suffer from much morbidity as a result of armed-conflict-related injuries and physical and mental disorders due to breakdown of the health-supporting infrastructure of society. Armed conflict also accounts for large numbers of displaced persons, damage to the environment, violation of human rights, and diversion of human and financial resources. This presentation will describe these adverse health consequences of armed conflict on civilian populations with examples from the Iraq War, the war in Afghanistan, and the civil war in Syria.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe the adverse health consequences of armed conflict on civilians Describe what measures public health professionals can take to minimize the health consequences of armed conflict and to help prevent armed conflict.

Keyword(s): War, Vietnam

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an expert on war and its consequences. I have published many books on this subject.
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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