Mortality & Morbidity among Humanitarian Workers

Submitted by jcravens42 on January 1, 2009 - 6:34pm.

Doing a search for something else, I found:

Rowley, Elizabeth. "Mortality and Morbidity among Humanitarian Workers." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii, Mar 05, 2005

Abstract: Over the past twenty years, humanitarian agencies have increasingly been called upon to respond to conflict-related emergencies. Humanitarian workers often work in fluid and unclear security environments, and anecdotal observation indicates that the risk of death and serious injury has been rising over time. Various studies have reported on the numbers of staff casualties as reported in secondary sources. The Study of Mortality and Morbidity among Humanitarian Workers contributes to the analysis of field staff security issues by collecting from a group of participating organizations the necessary information to assess differences in risk rates across time, geographic area, and demographic profile. While data collection and analysis are in the early stages, an important finding to date is that among the organizations providing data, national staff fatalities constitute the majority of security-related incidents resulting in death. This paper considers the implications of security risks for national staff working for international agencies in conflict settings, drawing both on study data and consideration of the dilemmas these risks create for national staff as actors in relief and reconstruction efforts, as well as the obligations of the organizations that employ them.

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