COPING WITH NATURAL DISASTERS: THE ROLE OF LOCAL HEALTH PERSONNEL AND THE COMMUNITY
( By A Working Guide (WHO - OMS, 1989) )

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Chapter 6.The training of voluntary health workers

The training of voluntary health workers is important for any programme directed at the general public. It should include initiatives specifically concerned with disaster-preparedness. Below are a few examples of the tasks which voluntary health workers can be trained to take over in an emergency:


collaboration in first aid,
reception of cases at the health facility,
liaison with the family groupings,
operation of the health information system,
collaboration in carrying out programmes of vaccinations, health education, environmental sanitation, nutrition, mental health, groups at risk, etc.


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