Despite humanitarian principles, frameworks and programs, many children, especially the most disadvantaged, are still missing out on opportunities.

The multidimensional impact of disasters on children includes physical health, mental health, nutrition, child protection, education, and water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH).


In the classroom we learn a global overview of the major challenges facing children in manmade and natural disasters. In addition, global medicine students become familiar with principles and international commitments including the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The understanding of effective policy and program responses for child survival, development, and protection is an important tool taught in the classroom, as we must become aware of the implications for policy and programs in emergency situations.



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