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Common Public Health Interventions During Emergencies


Public health interventions differ greatly depending on the nature and type of disaster, the availability of resources, and the social, political and economic characteristics of each affected community. Knowing common interventions and when to use them is critical for humanitarian workers and disaster managers. This course follows the international guidelines and standards that are modified to meet the regional context and local characteristics. A large portion of this course will focus on outbreak investigation with special approaches, techniques and tools that are adapted to suit the emergency situations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the structure and function of surveillance systems during emergencies
  2. Conduct outbreak investigation in emergency situations
  3. Conduct health needs assessments
  4. Apply cost-effective interventions in responding to public health emergencies for refugees/IDPs and host communities
  5. Make plans to keep primary and secondary care levels and referral services functioning during emergencies

Course Outline

  1. Rapid Response Team composition and standards of conduct
  2. Principles of infectious disease transmission
  3. Introduction to surveillance and its core functions:
  4. Surveillance system and EpiCore
  5. Outbreak investigation, response and containment
  6. Biosecurity in the field
  7. The role of epidemiologists in a disaster
  8. Surveillance in disasters
  9. Essential indicators in humanitarian emergencies
  10. Mortality assessment
  11. The Sphere Project: international standards in emergencies
  12. Emergency health needs assessment
  13. Disaster information system
  14. Medical supplies and logistics during emergencies
  15. IDPs and refugee camps management
  16. Casualty Management
  17. Referral systems and practices in challenging conditions

Training delivery methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.