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March 21, 2005

JHSPH News Special Coverage: South Asia Tsunami

Guidelines Needed to Help Care for Children During Emergencies

Evidence-based guidelines for the care of children in emergency situations should be developed and distributed to international relief organizations, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO).

School Moves on to the Next Phase of the Recovery Process
Many faculty at the School see the next stage of the School's tsunami response as one of collecting data on those tsunami survivors still facing long-term displacement.

Dr. Rashid Chotani Tells of a New Clinic He and Others Have Founded in Aceh Province  
The clinic serves the people living in two nearby refugee camps, as well as patients who come in from the local area. Dr. Chotani has also recently conducted site feasibility studies for Asia Relief projects in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

In the Tsunami’s Wake: Risk for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
In the coming months and years, many survivors of South Asia tsunami will have to deal with the disaster’s effects on their mental health, especially with post-traumatic stress disorder.

MPH Student Comes through the Tsunami in Sri Lanka 
Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, an MPH student at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, was swept up by the tsunami while driving along a harbor road at home in Sri Lanka.

Tsunami Stories
Read the latest news from the faculty, student and alumni of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and their efforts to assist the survivors of the South Asia tsunami.

Dr. Chotani Writes of His Work with Tsunami Victims in Indonesia
Dr. Rashid Chotani, assistant professor of International Health, recounts his personal experiences assisting with relief efforts in Indonesia.

Back from Banda Aceh: An Interview with Earl Wall 
Researcher Earl Wall was among the first relief workers to arrive in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, site of some of worst devastation and greatest loss of life from the tsunami.

Faculty from the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response React to the South Asian Tsunami 
Faculty from the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Bloomberg School of Public Health worked with relief agencies to aid survivors and coordinate reconstruction efforts.

A Message from the Dean About the Tsunami Disaster
Dr. Alfred Sommer, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health, offers condolences to the victims of the South Asia Tsunami.

A Classic Paper in Disaster Epidemiology 
In 1972, Alfred Sommer, former dean of the School and professor, Epidemiology, and Dr. W. Henry Mosley, professor of Population and Family Health Sciences, were among the first to demonstrate the importance of early epidemiological assessment in guiding disaster relief with an article published in The Lancet.

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