International aid in disaster zones: help or headache?

  title={International aid in disaster zones: help or headache?},
  author={F. Habibzadeh and M. Yadollahie and Maryam Kucheki},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • F. Habibzadeh, M. Yadollahie, Maryam Kucheki
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • I am shocked and appalled at the 6-month delay the paediatric patient experienced while his doctors were “consulting widely” as to how to treat him (Feb 2, p 445). During this 6-month delay, the doctors kept the patient at their facility “before starting further treatment”, and the patient developed metastases and a “grave” prognosis. If it was clear that the facility of origin could not help the patient, there was an ethical duty to transfer him to another facility that could. It should not… CONTINUE READING
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