|The New Emergency Health Kit 10.000 (WHO)|
World Health Organization, Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva-27, Switzerland. Telephone 41.22.7912111; telex 415416; telefax 41.22.7910746
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UNICEF, Supply Division, Unicef Plads, Freeport, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Telephone 45.31.262444; telex 19813; telefax 45.31.269421
OXFAM, 274 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 7DZ, United Kingdom. Telephone 44.865.56777; telex 83610; telefax 44.865.57612
Médecins sans Frontières, 8 rue Saint-Sabin, 75011 Paris, France. Telephone 33.1.40212929; telex 214360; telefax 33.1.48066868
International Committee of the Red Cross, 17 Avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland. Telephone 41.22.7346001; telex 22269; telefax 41.22.7332057
League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. Telephone 41.22.7345580; telex 22555; telefax 41.22.7330395
Christian Medical Commission of the World Council of Churches, P.O. Box 66, CH-1211 Geneva-20, Switzerland. Telephone 41.22.7916111; telex 23423; telefax 41.22.7910361
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, United Kingdom. Telephone 44.11.6368636; telex 8953474; telefax 44.1.4365389
International Dispensary Association, P.O. Box 3098,1003 AB
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Telephone 31.2903.3051; telex 13566; telefax 31.2903.1854
The difficult and demanding conditions in the aftermath of large scale emergencies and disasters pose particular problems in the provision of health care. This publication explains how to use standardized packages of essential drugs ,supplies and equipment under such circumstances. Both the concept and the contents of the kit, which was developed by WHO in collaboration with a large number of international and non-governmental agencies, are designed to expedite the provision of supplies in line with priority health needs. Although primarily addressed to relief agencies, the book also provides useful information for national authorities interested in stockpiling drugs and supplies in advance.
A complete emergency kit contains two separate sets of drugs and supplies. The first set consists of 10 identical packages of basic drugs and supplies intended for use by community health workers located in remote areas. The second, or supplementary kit, contains drugs, renewable supplies and equipment needed by doctors working in first or second-referral health facilities.
The book provides background information on the development of the kit, a detailed description of its contents, treatment guidelines and some useful checklists for suppliers and prescribers. The lists of drugs and supplies were developed following years of study, field testing and modifications. They draw upon epidemiological data, population profiles and the specific disease patterns known to follow emergencies.
Price: Sw. Fr. 8.--
Price in developing countries: Sw. Fr. 5.60