Disease Control in Humanitarian Emergencies

Communicable diseases following natural disasters

Risk assessment and priority interventions

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World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 20
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/CDS/NTD/DCE/2006.4

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Overview

Communicable disease risk assessments are written and produced rapidly in response to acute humanitarian emergencies resulting from natural disasters, sudden conflict or civil strife. Risk assessments identify the communicable disease threats faced by the emergency-affected populations, prioritize interventions and provide policy guidance and information sources for the control of communicable diseases relevant to the emergency context. The target audience are health professionals involved in communicable disease prevention and control response activities for the affected populations.