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21st December 2016
IMA Statement on Medical Ethics in the Event of Disasters: For comments and views
 
Preamble
 
1. For the purpose of this document, the definition of disaster focuses particularly on the medical aspects.
2.  A disaster is the sudden occurrence of a calamitous, usually violent, event resulting in substantial material damage, considerable displacement of people, and a large number of victims and/or significant social disruption. This definition excludes situations arising from conflicts and wars, whether international or internal, which give rise to other problems in addition to those considered in this paper. From a medical standpoint, disaster situations are characterized by an acute and unforeseen imbalance between resources and the capacity of medical professionals, as well as the needs of survivors who are injured whose health is threatened, over a given period of time.
 
Features of a disaster
 
3. Disasters, irrespective of cause, share several common features:
 
3.1 Their sudden and unexpected occurrence, demanding prompt action;
 
3.2 Material or natural damage making access to the survivors difficult and/or dangerous;
 
3.3  Adverse effects on health due to pollution, and the risks of epidemics and emotional and psychological factors;
 
3.4   A context of insecurity requiring police or military measures to maintain order;
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Aging is inevitable. However, healthy and graceful aging is in your hands. 

Diet and lifestyle changes can go a long way in easing the process and staving off age related chronic diseases.
 
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