Refugee Community Health Care

edited by S. Simmonds, P. Vaughan, and S. W. Gunn, 357 pages. Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Avenue, New York, New York 10016. 1983. paperbound, $9.95

Edward K. Markell Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California 94305

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The outgrowth of courses given at the Ross Institute of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the field experience of its 18 contributors, this concise well-organized book guides the inexperienced field worker in his relations with both refugees and governmental authorities in the host country. The refugee groups with which the authors deal are large (supply, equipment and drug lists are compiled on the basis of units of 10,000 persons), and their experience has been in Africa and southeast Asia. The information is applicable to other areas such as Central America, and for work with groups of smaller size.

An overview of the various U.N. and international agencies delineates the role of these organizations in different areas, their interaction, and financing of emergency aid. Advice on planning a refugee community is given with special emphasis on interaction between the refugees, local inhabitants, administrations in the host country, and representatives of the various organizations providing aid.