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Community health workers - the first response in emergencies

A community-level health worker in South Sudan trains on delivering health messages
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Risk reduction, emergency preparedness

Training local health workers to be able to identify hazards to communities, help make towns and villages less vulnerable and increase the capacity of people to respond to emergencies is a powerful way to protect public health. WHO also trains health workers in many locations, such as Burundi and South Sudan, to treat patients during pandemics, such as H1N1, malaria outbreaks and to control disease spread.

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