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close this bookMedical Assistance to Self-settled Refugees (Tropical Institute Antwerp, 1998)
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close this folder1. Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone
View the documentThree poor countries
View the documentDifferent histories, different economies
View the documentA patchwork of ethnic groups
View the documentThe Forest Region of Guinea
View the documentThe influx of refugees between 1990 and 1995
close this folder2. The health system in Guinea, 1988-96
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View the documentThe Bamako Initiative at the health centres
View the documentHospitals: rationalisation, cost recovery... but low utilisation
View the documentThe administrative structure of the health system
View the documentHuman resources in the health sector
View the documentCost and funding of the health system
View the documentThe Guinean health care system and PARLS
close this folder3. The refugee-crisis: between self-reliance and pragmatic assistance
close this folderWave 1: rural refugees from Nimba county, January-March, 1990
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View the documentThe Initial Assistance
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close this folderWave 2: urban refugees or returnees? May-June, 1990
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View the documentThe same assistance .....
View the document... But not for everybody
View the documentWave 3: rural refugees from Loffa county, June-August, 1990
close this folderWave 4: refugees from Sierra Leone, March-April, 1991
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View the documentMore active interventions
View the documentA period of relative tranquillity: the refugees remain and PARLS is consolidated
close this folderLate arrivals: the subsequent minor waves, 1992-95
View the documentCross-border movements in both directions
View the documentEarly versus late arrivals
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close this folderSettlement patterns of refugees
View the documentThe number and distribution of refugees*
View the document'Integration' of urban refugees
View the documentRural refugees: between 'integration' and 'segregation'
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close this folder4. Food aid
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View the documentA rational basis for deciding on food aid?
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close this folderAssessing the nutritional situation
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View the documentMonitoring of market prices
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close this folderDelivering food aid
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View the documentOn counting calories (1991-95)*
View the document1996: Better supply and less fraud
close this folderOf evidence and pressure
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close this folder5. Control of epidemics
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View the documentEpidemics: bio-demographic burden & psychological impact
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close this folderEpidemics and forced migration
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View the documentWhy does forced migration result in excess mortality?
View the documentReducing excess mortality in forced migration
close this folderEpidemics in the Forest Region
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View the documentBio-demographic burden of epidemics in the Forest Region
View the documentMeasuring control of epidemics
View the documentControl of cholera, measles, meningococcal meningitis & beriberi
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close this folderCosts and effects of controlling epidemics in the Forest Region
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View the documentCholera
View the documentMeasles
View the documentMeningococcal meningitis
View the document'Routine' vs. 'Intervention'
close this folderEpidemics in context
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View the documentIs cost per death averted an adequate measure?
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close this folder6. Health services for refugees: between primary health care & emergency medical assistance
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close this folderHealth services organisation in development & emergency*
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View the documentDevelopment, disaster & emergency
View the documentParadigms of PHC & EMA
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View the documentHealth services for refugees in Guinea
close this folderManagement: MOH & its field partners
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View the documentEffective decentralisation or foreign substitution?
View the documentN'Zérékoré, Yomou & Lola
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close this folderHealth services supplied
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View the documentFirst line health services (FLHS)
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close this folderResources used
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View the documentHuman resources
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close this folderHealth care provided
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View the documentFirst Line Health Services
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View the documentThe host population benefited from PARLS
View the documentWhy health care utilisation by the refugees remained low
View the documentWas PARLS the best solution possible?
close this folder7. Towards a more balanced refugee policy
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close this folderFrom saving lives to promoting health
View the documentThe bio-medical approach to refugee health
View the documentRefugees as a product of a disrupted society
View the documentThe determinants of health status & coping ability
View the documentA theory of human need: health & autonomy
View the documentBecoming a refugee as a way of coping
View the documentThe central role of settlement patterns
close this folderRefugee policy as a balance between self-reliance & assistance
View the documentAssistance in lieu of self-reliance
View the documentAssistance in support of self-reliance
close this folderReferences
View the documentPreface & introduction
View the documentChapter 1
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View the documentChapter 3
View the documentChapter 4
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View the documentChapter 6
View the documentChapter 7
View the documentAbbreviations & Acronyms

'Refugees live in camps'

Contrary to the diverse realities described above, staff of aid agencies and government bodies tended to speak of 'the refugees' without making any distinction. The name given to a refugee settlement, was invariably the name of a Guinean village with the suffix 'camp'. For example, Noonah is a small Guinean village, and the refugee camp was called Noonah camp. But also in Badou, where one hundred refugees lived in huts on one side of the village, the refugee quarter was called Badou camp. All refugee settlements, paired villages, new villages or real camps were invariably referred to as 'camps'. To some extent this was a way to distinguish the host population from the refugees, but the visibility of the relatively small proportion of refugees living in camps strongly shaped the image aid workers and government officials had of all the refugees. 'Putting all refugees in the same bag' obscured the fact that the coping mechanisms of the refugees and the degree of self-sufficiency achieved differed strongly between refugee communities.

The medical part of PARLS in Guinea concentrated on giving refugees access to health services and control of epidemics in the refugee-affected areas. Also food aid was a major aspect of PARLS, although only the assessment of the nutritional situation was carried out by the medical actors. The following chapters cover medical assistance for refugees. They describe in more detail food aid (Chapter 4), control of epidemics (Chapter 5) and health services for refugees (Chapter 6). Other aspects of PARLS, such as provision of shelter and drinking water, organisation of basic education, and assistance for income-generating activities, will not be covered.