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Rapid Risk Assessment of Acute Public Health Events

World Health Organization, Eds.: 2012, (2011)

This manual has been developed to guide rapid risk assessment of acute public health risks from any type of hazard in response to requests from Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO). The manual is aimed primarily at national departments with health-protection responsibilities, National Focal Points (NFPs) for the International Heath Regulations (IHR) and WHO staff. It should also be useful to others who join multidisciplinary risk assessment teams, such as clinicians, field epidemiologists, veterinarians, chemists, food-safety specialists.

The Sphere Handbook: humanitarian charter and minimum standards in humanitarian response

The Sphere Project, (2011)

The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response, is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response. The Sphere Handbook comprises of chapters dealing with humanitarian charter, protection principles, core standards, and standards in water supply, sanitation and hygienepromotion, food security and nutrition, shelter, settlement and site planning and finally, health action. Available in Kindle and ePub Formats Many languages are available. Please download directly from the website. There is a new edition of the English Version in 2018!!!

Rapid Assessment Guide for Psychosocial Support and Violence Prevention in Emergencies and Recovery

IFRC - International Federation of Red Cross/ Red Cresent Societies, (2015)

This guide provides standards and directions on how to carry out rapid needs assessment for Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Violence Prevention (VP) initiatives including child protection and sexual and gender-based violence. In particular, this rapid assessment tool is designed to help gather data in an efficient and effective way to help inform integration of PSS and VP issues, as minimum standards, into the broader disaster management action plans in response to an emergency.

Simplified Field Guide to Participatory Assessment

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Greece, (2016)

The purpose of this field guide is to provide field staff with simple direction for the planning, design and conducting of participatory assessment. The document provides basic tips to help teams to better structure the identification of data sources, conducting focus groups, reporting of outcomes and disseminating outcomes

Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT)

World Health Organization WHO, (2016)

The Health Equity Assessment Toolkit (HEAT) is a software application for use on desktop or laptop computers and mobile devices (minimum screen size of 7.9 inches recommended). It was developed to facilitate the assessment of within-country health inequalities. The Built-in Database Edition, Version 1.0 is available as an online application and as a standalone version for download

Minimum Standards in Shelter, Settlement and Non-Food Items

The Sphere Project, (2016)

Links to the Humanitarian Charter and international law

2009 UNISDR Terminology on Disaster Risk Reduction. English

United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, (2009)

The English terminology, and its translations into Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish, are available on the UNISDR website at: and on PreventionWeb at:

Refugee Services Toolkit (RST)

NCTSN Learning Center, (2015)

The Refugee Services Toolkit (RST) is a web-based tool designed to help service system providers understand the experience of refugee children and families, identify the needs associated with their mental health, and ensure that they are connected with the most appropriate available interventions. The mental health and general well-being of refugee children and families can be impacted by multiple factors including their experience of trauma; stressors such as resettlement, acculturation, and social isolation; and strengths they may have that could contribute to resilience. Providers can use community resources and supports to build resilience and reduce stress in refugee families

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