Issue 117 - April 2012 Editorial

Safe Hospitals: A Shared Responsibility, a Goal We Can Reach

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altEmergencies and disasters damage people, their property, and their environment in multiple ways. Whatever the impact, the priorities will be always to protect lives and the well-being of the affected communities and to reduce human suffering. The social, economic, and environmental cost of these events is enormous. Their impact can be felt for many years, particularly when health facilities stop functioning precisely when they are most needed.

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