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

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6-Purpose of assessment

A rapid assessment should be initiated as soon as possible after a natural disaster to determine:


- the type of emergency, the affected areas and population, and the emergency’s likely evolution;

- its impact on health;

- the immediate impact on health services; and

- the extent of damage to other sectors relevant to health operations.

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