Disaster risk management for health: mass fatalities/dead bodies

Disaster Risk Management for Health Fact Sheets:

This fact sheet about mass fatalities/dead bodies in disaster risk reduction for health is divided into four sections: i) Key points ii) Why is this important? iii) What are the health risks? iv) Risk management considerations.

Mass fatalities/dead bodies key points: the health risk to the general public following natural disasters is negligible; capacity is needed to recover, identify, store and dispose of the large number of dead bodies that may arise in an emergency; the psychosocial wellbeing of the living is important: survivors, relatives and the wider community that the dead are managed with dignity and respect; good communication on the management of arrangements; awareness of ethical, religious and cultural sensitivities is important; exposure of civilian population to chemical, biological and radiological agents is an increasing hazard.

Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific Regional Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction take place from Africa to the Pacific.
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