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Office of the Spokesman
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September 22, 2008


"Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook" Provides New Reference Materials for Mine Victim Information Systems

The Mine Action Information Center at James Madison University has released the Landmine Casualty Data: Best Practices Guidebook, a reference tool designed to assist people in creating a mine/Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) victim information system or enhancing an existing system. Published through a grant from the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the Guidebook reports on the advances in casualty data collection and management. In addition, it offers lessons for countries to reflect upon as they undertake the challenging task of building mine/ERW victim information systems.

This 75-page Guidebook integrates information from a wide variety of sources and presents detailed case studies, recommended best practices, lessons learned and contacts and resources for victim assistance information management and program planning. The Guidebook is available at no cost in PDF format at www.maic.jmu.edu/.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement manages humanitarian mine action programs (clearance of landmines and explosive remnants of war, survivors assistance, mine risk education), and conventional weapons destruction programs worldwide. To learn more visit www.state.gov/t/pm/wra/. The non-governmental Mine Action Information Center, which publishes the Journal of Mine Action (www.maic.jmu.edu/journal/index/), contributes to this progress by serving as an objective information clearing house and resource center for the global mine action community.

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Released on September 22, 2008

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