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Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies – An inter-agency field handbook

 
Image: Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies. Image courtesy of WHO
 

Image: Malaria control in humanitarian emergencies. Image courtesy of WHO

17 December 2013
WHO report outlines best practices, improvements in technologies, availability of new tools, and changes in WHO recommendations

Malaria Centre members contribute to an inter-agency field handbook on malaria control in humanitarian emergencies 

This second edition of Malaria Control in Emergencies is a comprehensive interagency manual on how to control malaria in countries affected by conflict and humanitarian disaster. With authorship by staff of LSHTM who have broad experience of working in emergencies (Mark Rowland, Toby Leslie and Natasha Howard) the handbook represents a thorough review of the literature and knowledge gained during the last decade. The structure remains similar to the first edition, but includes an additional chapter on humanitarian coordination. All chapters have been revised to reflect changes in best practices, improvements in technologies, availability of new tools, and changes in WHO recommendations.

The interagency handbook is designed to set out malaria control responses in humanitarian emergencies, in both the acute phase when reliance on international humanitarian assistance is greatest but also during chronic emergencies when there is no fully recognised government but opportunity for providing more comprehensive assistance improves. The handbook provides policy-makers, planners, and field coordinators with practical advice on designing and implementing measures in both man-made and natural disasters. The handbook is organized into ten chapters covering coordination and advocacy, assessment and operational planning, surveillance outbreak response, diagnosis and case management, approaches for vector control and personal protection, community and refugee participation, monitoring and evaluation, and operational research to improve the effectiveness of prevention and treatment in humanitarian emergencies.

The full handbook can be downloaded from the WHO web site.

More information can be found on the WHO web site.