1311310009 Guidance note on disability and emergency risk management

Guidance note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management for Health

This guidance note is intended primarily for health actors working in emergency and disaster management at the local, national or international level, and in governmental or non governmental agencies. People with disabilities, those working in the disability sector and those working in other sectors that contribute to improved health outcomes related to emergency risk management, may also find this guidance note useful.

It is a short, practical guide that covers actions across emergency risk management such as risk assessment, prevention (including hazard and vulnerability reduction), preparedness response, recovery and reconstruction. it outlines the minimum steps health actors should take to ensure that specific support is available for people with disabilities when needed and to ensure that disability is included in the development and implementation of general health actions in all emergency contexts, that is , natural and technological hazards, epidemic diseases and other biological hazards, and conflicts and other societal hazards. This dual strategy - of both mainstream and specific support - will heal ensure that the long-term needs of the community are met.

The World Health Organization (WHO) developed this publication in consultation with CBM, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the United nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)