Selected WHO publications of related interest
*Prices in Swiss francs
*Prices in developing countries are 70% of those listed here.
Rapid health assessment protocols for
1999 (97 pages) 31-
Coping with natural disasters: the role of local health
personnel and the community.
1989 (97 pages) 18-
Management of severe malnutrition: a manual for physicians
and other senior health workers.
1999 (60 pages) 23-
A guide to the development of on-site
1992 (237 pages) 47-
Climate change and human health.
1996 (305 pages)
Field guide on rapid nutritional assessment in
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.
(63 pages) 12-
Our planet, our health.
Report of the WHO Commission
on Health and Environment.
1992 (282 pages) 45-
Mental health of refugees.
1996 (134 pages) 30-
Further information on these and other WHO publications can be
obtained from Marketing and Dissemination, World Health Organization, 1211
Geneva 27, Switzerland.
Natural and man-made disasters - including earthquakes, floods,
chemical and nuclear incidents, and warfare - occur throughout the world, often
without warning. Self-evidently, the extent of the resulting emergency and the
toll taken on the health of affected populations and on their social and
economic life depend on the nature and severity of the original disastrous
event. However, careful forward planning and preparedness to deal with
emergencies can significantly reduce numbers of deaths, levels of disease, and
general disruption to community life.
Any programme of disaster prevention and preparedness should
promote optimum coordination between the various governmental, nongovernmental,
and private organizations involved. This manual is therefore aimed primarily at
local managers and decision-makers in the various sectors, including health,
that need to cooperate in the process. It provides an overall view of all
aspects of disaster management, including policy development, vulnerability
assessment, identification, description, and ranking of potential hazards,
analysis of available resources, definition of the roles and responsibilities of
different groups and individuals, training, and public education. Guidance on
the monitoring and evaluation of preparedness programmes is also included. The
emphasis throughout is on action at the community level, since it is local
people who are usually first on the scene of any emergency and who have the
greatest knowledge of the local environment and potential hazards.
Price: Sw. fr. 42.-
Price in developing countries: Sw. fr.
ISBN 92 41545194