Disaster, social capital, and health

Jun Aida, Ichiro Kawachi, S. V. Subramanian, Katsunori Kondo

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Disasters are widely recognized as causing major public health problems (Limpakarnjanarat and Ofrin, 2009; Noji, 2005) and are responsible for morbidity, sudden and otherwise, among individuals. For example, approximately 280,000 people in Asian countries died following the severe earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in December 2004 (Kohl, O'Rourke, Schmidman, Dopkin, and Birnbaum, 2005). In January 2010, 222,570 people died following the Haiti earthquake, while 72,210 deaths resulted from the summer heat wave in Western Europe in 2003 (Knight, 2011). Worldwide, there were 406 natural disasters and 234 technological disasters in 2010, which caused 297,752 and 6,724 deaths, respectively (Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters, 2012).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Perspectives on Social Capital and Health
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781461474647
ISBN (Print)9781461474630
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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