Natural Disasters: Protecting the Public's Health

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Pan American Health Org, 2000 - Nature - 119 pages
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A didactic guide to all health-related measures needed to prepare for natural disasters, reduce their immediate impact, and facilitate recovery. Noting that all natural disasters share several features, the book aims to provide a framework that administrators can rely on when planning and managing the health sector's response. Details range from a list of eight misconceptions that may cause authorities to take inappropriate action, through a discussion of the sensitive issues surrounding inappropriate drug and food donations, to a distinction between responsibilities best handled by the affected country and those requiring international aid. Throughout the book, recent experiences from the Americas are used to illustrate both the impact of specific types of disaster and opportunities for mitigating their effects.
 

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Contents

Structuring Health Disaster Management
11
Disaster Preparedness
17
Disaster Mitigation in the Health Sector
24
Coordination of Disaster Response Activities and Assessment
30
Mass Casualty Management
38
Epidemiologic Surveillance and Disease Control
43
Environmental Health Management
50
Food and Nutrition
59
Communications and Transport
67
Managing Humanitarian Relief Supplies
75
International Humanitarian Assistance
82
Reestablishing Normal Health Programs
91
International Health Humanitarian Assistance
101
Selected Bibliography and Online Information Sources
111
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