Rehabilitation of landmine victims - The ultimate challenge

Nicolas E. Walsh, Wendy S. Walsh

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Abstract

Antipersonnel landmines are often used indiscriminately and frequently result in injury or death of non-combatants. In the last 65 years, over 110 million mines have been spread throughout the world into an estimated 70 countries. Landmine victims use a disproportionately high amount of medical resources; the vast majority of incidents occur in regions and countries without a sophisticated medical infrastructure and with limited resources, where rehabilitation is difficult in the best of circumstances. It is suggested that only a quarter of the patients with amputation secondary to landmines receive appropriate care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-670
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the World Health Organization
Volume81
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 23 2003

Keywords

  • Artificial limbs
  • Blast injuries/rehabilitation/complications
  • Cost of illness
  • Health care costs
  • Health services accessibility
  • Socioeconomic factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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