Somewhere between the tightening budgets of program managers, myriad of demining activities, and fatigue among donors, lies a life-threatening issue which receives limited attention within the hierarchy of themes defining humanitarian demining. According to a large cross-section of deminers around the world, personal protection for deminers is considered a poor second cousin to such themes as mine awareness and victim assistance. They say the issue of improving personal protection needs to be pushed higher up the demining agenda.
L'Abbe, Richard; Makris, Aris; and Poon Young, Derrick
"Body Protection Systems for Use in Humanitarian Demining: Applying Hard Science and End-User Feedback to Improve Personal Protection for Deminers,"
Journal of Mine Action
: Vol. 3
, Article 20.
Available at: http://commons.lib.jmu.edu/cisr-journal/vol3/iss2/20