Protection of Children in Disaster and War

Authored by: Neil Boothby , Alastair Ager

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health

Print publication date:  December  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415778480
eBook ISBN: 9780203832721
Adobe ISBN: 9781136838330

10.4324/9780203832721.ch24

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Abstract

In the field of global health, there is acute awareness of how context critically shapes what is feasible for practitioners to propose and communities to implement. This sensitivity to context has prompted some valuable learning across settings. Notably, the constraints created by a crisis, whether due to a natural disaster or a prolonged complex emergency, have inspired international actors who work on child protection to re-think the interventions that are used in stable, developed nations. These actors have identified the need for mechanisms that monitor and address threats to children in emergencies, as well as stage the construction of integrated systems of protection within the acute phase of the crisis. Recent work shows that it is possible to begin to build child protection systems that can withstand the pressures of conflict and displacement even during the initial phases of an emergency.

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