Protecting Children’s Health in Emergency and Disasters Training

Training Course
Versed Professional Services Limited (VPSL)
28 Aug - 01 Sep 2017
Appleton Resorts, Westlands Nairobi Kenya


Although many emergencies and disasters are often unpredictable, much can be done to reduce their health impact by reducing the risks and by strengthening the response capacity of communities at risk.

Population growth, expansion into previously uninhabited areas, and environmental degradation have all increased the exposure of most countries to natural hazards including cyclonic storms, floods and famine, while exposure to hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis is ever-present in many regions of the world.

Training content

Module 1:        

  • Training introduction module

  • Background of the course (role of the professional)

  • Goal

  • Objective

  • Methodology

  • Outcome                       

Module 2Basic concepts in disaster management

  • Definitions

  • Connection to the focus: children (include examples in each definition) Correlation= examples

  • Classification:

  • Disaster management and Risk management

  • Differences children-adults

Module 3Disaster impact

  • Public health impact in general: prevalence rate, incidence rate, crude mortality rate, crude fatality rate

  • Public health impact in children: immediate (death, injury, mental health), medium (common illnesses, mental health), long term (nutrition, communicable diseases, disability and mental health)

  • Environmental health

  • Myths and realities

Module 4 – Immediate response

  • Initial assessment

  • Damage and need assessment

  • Emergency health information management

  • Leadership in crisis

  • Coordination and planning

Module 5Trauma and injury

  • Mass casualty management: pre-hospital, hospital and triage.

  • Search and rescue, evacuation and first aid

  • Immediate Medical Response:

  • General assessment 

  • Paediatric assessment triangle (PAT)

  • Paediatric triage

  • Pre-hospital: Impact zone, advanced medical post,  

  • transport;

  • Hospital triage (re-evaluation)

Module 6:  Communicable diseases

  • Threat of communicable diseases

  • Outbreak, epidemic, endemic, pandemic.

  • Early warning of diseases

  • Outbreak control          

  • Vector control

  • Surveillance

  • IMCI

  • Immunization

Module 7Mental health

  • Risk factors

  • Vulnerabilities

  • Common psychological impact

  • Interventions

Module 8 Nutrition

  • Infant and young child feeding

  • Assessment

  • Interventions: Feeding programs

  • Malnutrition and specific defficiencies

Module 9Neonatal care

  • Prenatal care for pregnant women

  • Recognition of high-risk pregnancy and delivery

  • Labor and delivery?

  • Immediate newborn care
    • Neonatal resuscitation

    • Routine postnatal care

    • Danger neonatal signs

    • Jaundice

    • Febrile neonate

    • Congenital infections

    • Stabilization and transport

Module 10Children with special needs

  • Disabilities                   

  • Diabetes, epilepsy and asthma

  • School age and adolescents

Module 11Recovery

  • Lessons learnt

  • Risk reduction

  • Emergency preparedness

  • Capacity building

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