The need for a global health disaster network

Ingrid M. Libman, Ronald E. LaPorte, Shunichi Akazawa, Eugene Boostrom, Caryle Glosser, Eric Marler, Ernesto Pretto, Francois Sauer, Anthony Villasenor, Frank Young, Genro Ochi

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11-12
Number of pages2
JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997


  • capture-recapture
  • coordination
  • disaster
  • disaster relief
  • education
  • Internet
  • network
  • non-governmental organizations
  • telecommunications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency
  • Emergency Medicine


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