IFRC: 2012 World Disasters Report

Report: 2012 World Disasters Report
Source: International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies
October 2012

“Migration is a phenomenon that grows every year and affects in some way virtually every country. Many migrants move voluntarily – looking perhaps for economic opportunities, or for different lifestyles. But for others, migration is not a choice. More and more people are forced to flee their homes and communities because of many factors including conflicts, persecution, disasters and poverty. It is their plight that is the focus of the 2012 World Disasters Report.”

Full report: http://www.ifrcmedia.org/assets/pages/wdr2012/download/index.html

[Editor’s Note: Very limited mention of vaccines, immunization in report]
“…Other than in the immediate aftermath of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, when there are very specific health threats, most displaced populations fall prey to the same health problems as non-displaced population – but in greater numbers. Even in contexts of active conflict, mortality more typically reflects inflated risk of existing patterns of disease than deaths due directly to military action. The principal impact of conflict, in other words, is that the health system becomes less capable, or incapable, of providing child immunizations, supporting skilled delivery of a child, and other key measures supporting population health…”