RAPID HEALTH ASSESSMENT PROTOCOLS FOR EMERGENCIES
( By WHO - OMS, 1999 )

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1 - Presenting the results of the assessment

The following format can be adapted for presenting the results of the assessment in different situations.


Reason for emergency (type of actual or imminent hazard):



- onset and evolution;
- additional hazards.


Description of the affected area (add at least a sketch map).

Description of the affected population:




- number, estimated breakdown by age, sex, and special risk or vulnerability factors;
- estimated total number of deaths and injuries.


Impact, in terms of mortality and morbidity:



- daily crude mortality (number of deaths for the day per 10000 population);
- other indicators, such as malnutrition rates, losses in vital infrastructures, financial losses and other socioeconomic data can be used.


Existing response capacity (in terms of human and material resources):



- local, subnational, and national capacity;
- international organizations (bilateral, nongovernmental, and intergovernmental);
- overall authority and national focal point;
- distribution of tasks and responsibilities;
- coordination mechanisms;
- logistics, communications, and administrative support.


Additional requirements:



- immediate vital needs of the affected populations;
- immediate and medium-term needs for national capacity-building;
- implementation, monitoring, and evaluation mechanisms.



Whenever possible, this section should include medium-term and long-term outlines for rehabilitation and vulnerability reduction.

Recommendations. Indicate the following:



- priority actions by projects;
- responsible office (national focal point and national and international partners);
- time frame;
- breakdown of requirements by projects (estimated costs).

An annex should illustrate the timetable of the assessment, give a summary of the methods used and list the sources. It will also include maps and a copy of the questionnaires used and the background documents that may have been collected in the field.

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