The Long-Term Psychosocial and Economic Impact of Explosive Remnants of War


Principal Investigator:
Jennifer Leaning, Co-Director

Gregg Greenough

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

CDC/ National Center for Environmental Health

Dates of Research:
September 1, 2006 — August 31, 2011


This study aims to provide reliable population-based information on the long-term psychosocial and economic consequences of explosive remnants of war or ERW (including landmines and unexploded ordnance) on affected individuals, families and their communities. Much international attention has been appropriately directed at identification of geographic extent of contamination, de-mining of affected areas, and primary and secondary care for victims, but there has been relatively little work done on exploring the wider social and economic impact of ERW on individual wellbeing, family prospectus, and community development through time. No population-based assessment of these issues has yet been conducted.