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

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10-Purpose of assessment

The purpose of this type of rapid health assessment is to:


- assess the dynamics, magnitude, affected areas, and likely evolution of the emergency;

- assess the major health and nutritional impact of the emergency on the civilian population;

- identify groups and areas most at risk;

- assess existing response capacity and immediate needs in the health sector;

- identify short- and medium-term priorities for the delivery of health emergency response and recovery; and

- provide global indicators of life-threatening suffering to assist in mobilizing and managing humanitarian assistance.

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