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The Need for a Global Health Disaster Network

  • Ingrid M. Libman (a1), Ronald E. LaPorte (a1), Shunichi Akazawa (a1), Eugene Boostrom (a2), Caryle Glosser (a3), Eric Marler (a4), Ernesto Pretto (a5), Francois Sauer (a6), Anthony Villasenor (a7), Frank Young (a8) and Genro Ochi (a9)...

Abstract

When a disaster occurs, a major difficulty is knowing where to find accurate information, and how to help coordinate efforts to share accurate information in a quick and organized manner. The establishment of a global information network, that is in place before a disaster occurs, could link all the communication efforts for relief. We propose that a Global Health Unit for Disaster and Relief Coordination be set up as part of the Global Health Network, utilizing the Internet as its backbone. This Unit would establish the links for the disaster information mosaic.

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Rangos Research Center, 5th Floor, 3460 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA Telephone (412) 692-5822 Facsimile (412) 692-8329 Internet address: www.pitt.edu/HOME/GHNet.html

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The Need for a Global Health Disaster Network

  • Ingrid M. Libman (a1), Ronald E. LaPorte (a1), Shunichi Akazawa (a1), Eugene Boostrom (a2), Caryle Glosser (a3), Eric Marler (a4), Ernesto Pretto (a5), Francois Sauer (a6), Anthony Villasenor (a7), Frank Young (a8) and Genro Ochi (a9)...

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