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Protecting the health of responders: Team Health
  1. David Ross
  1. Health Unit, RAMC, Camberley GU15 4NA, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Ross, Health Unit, Robertson House, Army Medical Services, Camberley GU15 4NA, UK; ParkesProf{at}


The rise in humanitarian disasters has led to more volunteers responding to deploy with humanitarian organisations. Those organisations that use these volunteers have a responsibility for the health of these teams of workers. This personal view outlines the three phases of ‘Team Health’—prepare, sustain and recover. This is a paper commissioned as a part of the Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Operations special issue of BMJ Military Health.

  • public health
  • tropical medicine
  • preventive medicine

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  • Contributors This is my personal view and sole work based on my many years of experience of travel medicine and teaching on the Conflict & Catastrophe Medicine Course at the Society of Apothecaries.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.