Neurological disorders in complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters

Ann Neurol. 2010 Sep;68(3):282-94. doi: 10.1002/ana.22135.


Complex humanitarian emergencies include the relatively acute, severe, and overwhelming health consequences of armed conflict, food scarcity, mass displacement, and political strife. Neurological manifestations of complex humanitarian emergencies are important and underappreciated consequences of emergencies in populations worldwide. This review critically assesses the existing knowledge of the range of neurological disorders that accompany complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters in both the acute phase of crisis and the "long shadow" that follows.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disasters*
  • Emergencies / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Nervous System Diseases / epidemiology
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology*
  • Nervous System Diseases / psychology*
  • Refugees / psychology