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close this bookEuropean Workshop on Educational Aspects of Health in Disasters (Council of Europe, 1982, 50 p.)
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View the documentForeword
close this folderPart I
View the documentIntroduction
View the documentObjectives
View the documentTypes of disasters
close this folderRecent involvement of European health personnel in disasters
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View the documentEuropean disasters
View the documentThird world disasters
View the documentDeficiencies in quality
View the documentEducational needs for health problems of European disasters
View the documentProjection of educational needs for European personnel going outside Europe
View the documentType of post-graduate training needed within Europe
View the documentDraft recommendation (1)
View the documentAcknowledgements
close this folderPart II
View the documentAppendix I: Programme and list of participants
View the documentAppendix II: Courses held on health in natural disasters
View the documentAppendix III: Course proposals
View the documentAppendix IV: Summary report of the “Workshop for preparedness in facing health problems from natural disaster emergency situations, WHO Regional Office for Europe, Rabat - 22-25 November 1981”


Both within Europe and, in close co-operation with non-European colleagues in countries beyond, many European workers are involved in immediate relief and in longer term prevention of the health consequences of disasters. Yet education and training for such workers is inadequate although it would greatly improve the results of their efforts. The Council of Europe and the World Health Organisation therefore combined in calling a European workshop to address the educational aspects of health in disasters. The aim was to:

i. analyse the problems, and
ii. propose a medium-term educational action programme

with a view to encouraging a more efficient employment of the European educational and research resources to increase preparedness and the capacity at all levels in dealing with health problems related to disasters.

The particular North/South aspects of the problem give this endeavour a special character, not least in view of safeguarding the health of those in third world countries, which are particularly prone to disasters.

The World Health Organisation having addressed the broader problems of the capacity to meet the health consequences of natural disasters, the present workshop has specially focused on the educational needs at post-graduate level. The method proposed for educational action is the modular training approach promoted by the Council of Europe through its European programme for the development of postgraduate training.

In bringing the conclusions and proposals of this workshop to the attention of institutions of tertiary education and research, politicians and relevant regional, national and international bodies, the organisers invite their opinions and assistance to strengthen education and training through disasters and emergencies.

Council of Europe

World Health Organisation

Division for Higher

Emergency Relief Operations and

Education and Research

Regional Office for Europe