Communicable and Noncommunicable Diseases in Emergencies


Communicable diseases are a major cause of mortality and morbidity in emergencies. At the same time, non-communicable diseases are assuming increasing importance in both developed and under-developed countries. They pose a serious public health threat that is magnified by, and during, complex emergencies and natural disasters. This course is intended to help participants prevent, detect and control the major communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) encountered by affected populations during emergency situations.

The course deals with the fundamental principles of communicable diseases control in emergencies, which are: rapid assessment, prevention, surveillance, outbreak control and disease management. In addition, this course explains the importance of NCDs, mental health and psychosocial support interventions in disasters.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and manage the communicable disease threats that face emergency-affected populations to prevent and contain any emerging epidemic
  2. Recognize the epidemiology of NCDs and the impact of disasters on them
  3. Study the effects of disasters on the mental health of general population and victims
  4. Explore the different strategies to provide the necessary psychological support to affected population
  1. Communicable Diseases in Disasters.
  2. Epidemological Clues to Delibrate Outbreaks.
  3. Strengthening Disease Surveillance Systems During Emergencies.
  4. Preventing and Containing Emerging Epidemics.
  5. Practical Aspects of Personal Safety in the Field.
  6. Noncommunicable Diseases in Emergencies.
  7. Epidemiology of NCDs and Global Burden of Diseases.
  8. NCDs Surveillance Systems and Indicators.
  9. Introduction to Injury Epidemiology.
  10. Injury Surveillance.
  11. Mental Health and Psychological Problems in Emergencies.
  12. Public Health Interventions for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency.
  13. Old Age Care in Emergencies.
Duration: 30 Learning Hours
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Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Successful Completion.

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