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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster
Relief Coordination Program
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
Washington D.C. 1999

Published also in Spanish with the title:

Asistencia humanitaria en caso de desastres: Guía para proveer ayuda eficaz

Cover photographs: PAHO/WHO

PAHO Library Cataloguing in Publication Data:

Pan American Health Organization.
Humanitarian assistance in disaster situations:
A guide for effective aid. - Washington, D.C.: PAHO, c1999.
18 p..-

ISBN 92 75 12301 2

I. Title


© Pan American Health Organization, 1999

A publication of the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Program, PAHO/WHO.

The views expressed, the recommendations formulated, and the designations employed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the current policies or opinions of the Pan American Health Organization or of its Member States.

The Pan American Health Organization welcomes requests for permission to reproduce or translate, in part or in full this publication. Applications and inquiries should be addressed to the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Program, Pan American Health Organization, 525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037, USA; fax (202) 775-4578; e-mail

The production of this publication has been made possible through the financial support of the International Humanitarian Assistance Division of the Canadian International Development Agency (IHA/CIDA), the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance of the U.S. Agency for International Development (OFDA/AID), and the Department for International Development of the U.K. (DFID).