IRRC No. 284

Community-based health care in disasters

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“Health for All by the Year 2000” has been a major goal, an important rallying cry for individuals and organizations around the world concerned about improving the physical, mental and social well-being of vulnerable people. Of course it has been a somewhat idealistic goal, as has the World Health Organization's definition of health. However, it has served a useful function, both in terms of what it says positively about our vision for the future and also by reminding us, implicitly if not explicitly, that for many hundreds of millions of people the reality is still very far from the dream.

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