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August 3, 1994

Medical Evacuations From the Former Yugoslavia

Author Affiliations

International Organization for Migration Geneva, Switzerland

JAMA. 1994;272(5):351. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03520050029011

To the Editor.  —The conflict in the former Yugoslavia has resulted in more than 150 000 casualties since 1991,1,2 mostly affecting Bosnia-Herzegovina and heavily taxing the capacity of the formerly developed health care structure. The conflict prompted development of a humanitarian program created to provide medical care abroad for war victims who could not be treated locally. The Special Medical Programme was implemented in Croatia in September 1992 by the International Organization for Migration, an intergovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, assisting migrants and refugees. The Special Medical Programme in coordination with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, expanded in 1993 to Bosnia-Herzegovina, and to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.For inclusion in the Special Medical Programme,3 patients must suffer from a serious medical condition, have a favorable prognosis, be stable enough to survive the journey, and be able to withstand the delay between medical documentation and

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