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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

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

  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

Course Outline

  1. Communicable disease threats during emergency
  2. Epidemiological clues to deliberate outbreaks
  3. Setting up and strengthening disease surveillance systems during emergency
  4. Preventing and containing emerging epidemics
  5. Practical aspects of personal safety in the field
  6. Impact of disasters on NCDs
  7. Epidemiology of NCDs
  8. NCDs surveillance system
  9. Introduction to injury epidemiology
  10. Injury surveillance
  11. Child protection in emergencies
  12. mental health and psychological problems in emergencies
  13. Public health interventions for mental health and psychosocial support in emergency
  14. Old age care in emergencies

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.