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January 14, 2004

Humanitarian Aid

JAMA. 2004;291(2):249-250. doi:10.1001/jama.291.2.249

The field of humanitarian assistance has developed rapidly over the past decade.1 It has been professionalized and has become a recognized health discipline, with its own standards, literature, and research base. Consequently, new and updated books and resource materials for humanitarian practitioners, as well as policymakers and students, are needed.

Basics of International Humanitarian Missions is the first book in a series on international humanitarian assistance by Fordham University's Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs. Its primary objective is to "introduce the essential issues facing humanitarian workers." Although not specifically stated, it is assumed that these refer to the key principles, concepts, players, and policies of humanitarian assistance. It contains 350 pages consisting of four parts and 10 chapters with appendixes and index. Emergency Relief Operations, the second book in the series, has 386 pages, four parts, and 11 chapters with appendixes and index. Its main objective is to be a "practical guide to planning and managing relief operations." The targeted audience for these texts includes students, teachers, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, and other professionals.

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