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Humanitarian medicine 

Humanitarian medicine
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Humanitarian medicine
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Amy S. Kravitz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198746690.003.0027
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date: 07 March 2021

Humanitarian medicine addresses the human consequence of crises such as conflict, disaster, or displacement, and serves to assist those whose lives and health are impacted by such events. It is practised in challenging settings where resources are limited and environments unstable, and requires a clinical skillset which is both near limitlessly broad and context specific. The humanitarian sector has expanded significantly during the last two decades as a result of climate-related crises and increasing complex humanitarian emergencies due to protracted and multifaceted conflicts. The picture today is evolving rapidly to address expanding humanitarian demands and a changing global sociopolitical reality.

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