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Community health workers - the first response in emergencies

A community health worker speaks to children affected by the September 2009 cyclone that struck Viet Nam

Assessing, monitoring risks

As key members of the community, grassroots health workers are well placed to assess risks to their own towns and villages. They can identify vulnerable groups, such as children, women and the elderly, detect trends in disease patterns and provide early warning for rapid response to emergencies.

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