The Needs of Children in Natural or Manmade Disasters

  • A. C. Argent
  • N. “Tex” Kissoon


Disasters have been described as “events of sufficient scale, asset depletion, or numbers of victims to overwhelm medical resources” [1] or as “a serious disruption of the functioning of a community or a society causing widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses that exceed the ability of the affected community or society to cope using its own resources” [2]. Importantly, that definition goes on to state: “A disaster is a function of the risk process. It results from the combination of hazards, conditions of vulnerability and insufficient capacity or measures to reduce the potential negative consequences of risk.”


Disaster Preparedness Mass Casualty Mass Casualty Incident Kashmir Earthquake Bull World Health Organ 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. C. Argent
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. “Tex” Kissoon
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Child and Adolescent HealthUniversity of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Paediatric Intensive CareRed Cross War Memorial Children’s HospitalCape TownSouth Africa

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