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close this bookCommunity Emergency Preparedness: A Manual for Managers and Policy-Makers (WHO, 1999, 141 p.)
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View the documentSelected WHO publications of related interest

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 emergencies.
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 sanitation.
1992 (237 pages) 47-

Climate change and human health.
1996 (305 pages) 30-

Field guide on rapid nutritional assessment in emergencies.
WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.
1995 (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-

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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.

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