Securing Health: Lessons from Nation-Building Missions

Synopsis

A nation's health system is critical not only for the general health of its populace, but also for its economic and national security. How successful have past efforts been to rebuild public health and health care delivery systems during nation-building operations? What are the most important lessons learned for future operations? Securing Health contains the results of research on best health practices during nation-building operations. The authors analyze the activities of international institutions, non-governmental organizations, and countries such as the United States in rebuilding public health and health care delivery systems after major combat. They outline key principles for success and identify lessons for future nation-building operations. This book examines health reconstruction efforts in eight cases: Germany, Japan, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq.