This manual is intended to help health professionals and coordinators deal with emergency situations, ensuring that adequate measures are taken to prevent, detect and control the spread of communicable diseases. Emergency situations often involve the displacement of large sections of the population, which may entail high population densities, inadequate shelter, poor sanitation but also the breaking down of health services and disease control programmes. The risk of epidemics in these situations is very high. This document calls for a systematic approach to the control communicable diseases in emergencies, and suggests that the humanitarian response should aim at these four objectives: rapid assessment; prevention; surveillance; outbreak control; disease management. The result of collaborative review and adaptation of existing guidelines, it provices practical guidance to public health professionals
Medbox is an online library aimed at improving the quality of healthcare in humanitarian action. An independent internet platform supported by international agencies and scientific institutions active in humanitarian assistance and development, this resource collates online professional guidelines, textbooks and practical documents on health action.
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