The Forgotten Need of Disaster Relief

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Disasters in countries with limited resources can put the emergency preparedness of the country to the test. The first major task after a disaster is to take care of the wounded. In countries where the epidemiological transition has occurred, chronic disease can place a major strain on public health preparedness after a disaster. The purpose of this field report is to alert public health practitioners of an infrequently reported public health problem: the impact of natural disasters on adherence to chronic medications. In our experience, the most common complaint in the weeks that followed the 2016 earthquake was not having access to their chronic medications. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2017;page 1 of 3)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-3
Number of pages3
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
StateAccepted/In press - Sep 18 2017


  • chronic diseases
  • earthquakes
  • medication adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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