War is bad, very bad. Post-War is Worse, Much Worse says Bourdeaux

Wars were present in birth of human civilization. While we think the actual bloody battles are the problem, the reality is that the biggest problems happen on the mess left behind. War, one of the worst and most primitive facets of humanity still lingers on today, as the richest and most wise nations in the world still degrade their policy to violent solutions. And while the most honorable of men can be found in the loyalties and sacrifice of soldiers, it is rather ironic that it is their work that causes the deep pain of war.

The first war happened in the Mesolithic Cemetery Site #117 approximately 14,000 years ago. Wars through history are countless the only difference between each other are the damages left behind. The terrible results of a war are the hundreds or millions of people affected, some with just curable wounds and others no longer on this earth. During this episode of the war, many infrastructures on cities and towns affected are lost, hospitals and other necessary places form modern and safe living are totally ruined. Wars are supposed to be a fight between the nation’s armies but civilians are the bleeding heart that provides the boys and girls for ward, and then stays to pickup up the pieces while in one of the most violent and vulnerable situations on earth. Even the ones that are forced to migrate cause an even bigger global social trauma.
Civilians are affected by the appearance of diseases, famines, atrocities, genocides and epidemics that keep killing the population. It’s in is the destruction of social infrastructure, things that we all take for granted to the point of being oblivious to them, are the true gigantic monsters brought and left to stay, by the war. of Source: http://list25.com/25-deadliest-wars-in-human-history/.

On Richmond, American Civil War

Impacts of a war include crime and homicides increase which might last for years. Civil wars increase the exposure of civilians to diseases and deaths. Long bloody civil wars can make a population displace internally or as refugees. This person do not come back home after the war is over but stay in their new crowded homes for years. These camps were they live have bad food, dirty water turning this places in vectors of diseases, stress, and malnutrition affects the immune system.

Healthcare infrastructure is totally destroyed by the just-ended civil war. Cases as eradicating Guinea worm, river blindness, and others is a challenge in places where civil wars have affected seriously. The spread of AIDS in Africa is linked with soldiers and refugees running away from civil wars effects. Violence increase after civil wars, homicides, suicides and rape rates go up. One probable cause is the spread of weapons after the war is over. Economic growth is severely affected by this event calculated on 5 years after the war of negative impact on economic growth.

Bulgarian Refugee Children
Spanish Civil War 26 refugees killed

Health are systems are completely devasted in urban areas or rural areas were wars have occurred. Rebuilding this places will take time and resources probably not available. Human capital with clinical and medical training might be completely lost because maybe they might not be eager to come back. The complete city infrastructure is completely destroyed and clean water and safe food, medicine, clothes and other supplies can not be transported easily. Source: Article: The post-war public health effects of civil conflict by Hazem Adam Ghobarah, Paul Huth, and Bruce Russett. (2003)

Dr. Margaret Bourdeaux presents her TED talk with the theme: “Why civilians suffer more once the war is over”. In which she presents her points of view as a physician of heath care systems in places affected by civil wars. The circumstances of a post-war period on the civilians left after this fighting and bloody scenes. She exposes her idea on a magnificent and clear strategy on how to lead with a postwar recuperation period which consists of developing the strong and solid basis of a health care system that protects the vulnerable civilians.

War doesn’t just kill people; it destroys the institutions that keep society running, like utilities, banks, and hospitals. Physician and global health policy analyst Margaret Bourdeaux proposes a bold approach to post-conflict recovery that focuses on building strong, resilient health systems that protect vulnerable populations…..