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How Peacekeeping Needs to Change to Avoid Risks to Public Health

Historically, soldiers have played a major role in the spread of diseases worldwide. This trend didn’t end with the creation of “peaceful” soldiers as United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, and pose a serious risk of bringing drug-resistant malaria to African countries. Despite the high risk of peacekeepers bringing disease to vulnerable areas, the United Nations has done little to prevent these sorts of disasters in the future. The UN certainly has the power and resources to implement public health strategies that will mitigate these risks. Doing so could also aid in capacity-building for troop-contributing countries in their own domestic response to disease. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Peace and Pestilence Lessons on Peacekeeping and Public Health from the Haitian Cholera Epidemic Adam Houston, Foreign Affairs June 21, 2015 For centuries, war and […]

Peacekeepers Should Learn from Cholera to Prevent Malaria

When United Nations peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010, many were shocked that the UN didn’t screen the troops before they were deployed, particularly when Nepal is known to have endemic cholera and Haiti is known to have poor infrastructure. Now, many of those same people are hoping that the UN will use Haiti as a lesson for peacekeeping in sub-Saharan Africa: As Southeast Asia has a particularly challenging type of malaria, troops sent from there to sub-Saharan Africa should be screened and treated before being deployed. Part of the paper is below. Click HERE for the full text and summary points. Screening and Treating UN Peacekeepers to Prevent the Introduction of Artemisinin-Resistant Malaria into Africa Stan Houston & Adam Houston, PLOS Medicine May 5, 2015 Introduction: The Precedent of Cholera in Haiti In the aftermath of the massive […]

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