|Health Laboratory Facilities in Emergencies and Disaster Situations. (WHO - OMS, 1994, 169 p.)|
Unfortunately, emergencies and disasters are widespread all over the world and many people suffer from famine, pain, injury, and infections. Therefore, there is a need for basic care and further support for emergency planning by national and international organizations.
The World Association of Societies of Pathology (WASP) appreciates very much the publication of these very important guidelines by the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization. According to these guidelines, the appropriate national organizations should plan, introduce and establish basic administrative and organizational structures to be able to respond immediately and adequately to an emergency or a disaster.
The WASP supports all activities which promote the realization of a national contingency plan by local or international specialists in the field of laboratory medicine. These guidelines are an important contribution towards fulfilling the essential requirements of coping with emergencies and disasters. We strongly recommend that all relevant national organizations follow these guidelines.
Prof. Dr. med. H. Reinauer
World Association of Societies of Pathology
(Anatomic and Clinical)