1 To obtain publications, slides, films or videocassettes on disasters and the role of health personnel, please write to WHO, Emergency Preparedness and Response, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland PAHO, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Program, 525 Twenty-third Street NW, Washington DC 20037, United States of America; Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Palais des Nations, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland.
Alma-Ata 1978: Primary health care. Report of the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma-Ata, USSR, 6-12 September 1978. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1978 (“Health for All” Series, No. 1).
ASSAR, M. Guide to sanitation in natural disasters. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1971.
CAROLINE, N. L. Life supporting resuscitation and first aid. Geneva, League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 1984.
The community health worker: working guide, guidelines for training, guidelines for adaptation. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1987.
DE VILLE DE GOYET, C., SEAMAN, J. & GEUER, U. The management of nutritional emergencies in large populations. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1978.
Emergency health management after natural disaster. Washington DC, Pan American Health Organization, 1981 (Scientific Publication No. 407).
Environmental health management after natural disasters. Washington DC, Pan American Health Organization, 1982 (Scientific Publication No. 430).
Guidelines for nurses in disaster preparedness and relief. Geneva, League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 1985.
GUNN, S. W., MURCIA, C. & PARAKATIL, F. Dictionnaire des secours d’urgence en cas de catastrophe. Paris, Conseil International de la Langue Fran�aise, 1984.
Handbook for emergencies. Geneva, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, 1982.
Health services organization in the event of disaster. Washington DC, Pan American Health Organization, 1983 (Scientific Publication No. 443).
OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS DISASTER RELIEF COORDINATOR, GENEVA. Disaster prevention and mitigation: a compendium of current knowledge: Volume 8. Sanitation aspects. New York, United Nations, 1982.
On being in charge: a guide for middle-level management in primary health care. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1980.
PROTEIN-CALORIE ADVISORY GROUP OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM. A guide to food and health relief operations for disasters. New York, United Nations, 1977.
The Red Cross in emergency medical actions. Geneva, International Committee of the Red Cross/League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, 1983.
The treatment and management of severe protein-energy malnutrition. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1981.
WESTERN, K. A. Epidemiologic surveillance after a natural disaster. Washington DC, Pan American Health Organization, 1982 (Scientific Publication No. 420).
WHO emergency health kit: standard drugs and clinic equipment for 10 000 persons for 3 months. Geneva, World Health Organization, 1984 (new edition in preparation).
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The purpose of this Guide is to help communities and local health personnel cope with natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones and floods. External relief (from governments or international organizations) is essential for solving many of the problems, but if those affected do not rely upon it entirely, and if they organize themselves properly, they will help to improve the quality of the relief.
The Guide sets out clearly what should be done by the community and by local health personnel at the time of the disaster to organize rescue work and emergency care, and later on to solve the many survival and health problems resulting from the disaster.
Finally the Guide describes the various emergencies to which natural disasters can give rise and the steps that communities and local health personnel can take to prepare for the eventuality of a disaster and to prevent and mitigate its consequences.
The text is liberally illustrated.
ISBN 92 4 154238 1