Opinion: Doctors an important voice in reducing conflict

THE awful images of the past months have brought home the health impacts of international conflicts and the fate of refugees. 

It is hard not to feel overwhelmed, and that this is not our problem. 
However, preventing death and disease is a recognised and important role for doctors, and we have a credible voice when advocating to reduce conflict.

War is clearly a major health issue. We only have to look at the recent war in Iraq. We have precise numbers for allied military casualties: 4804 dead and 32,223 wounded (excluding psychological injury).