This is the second edition of The Johns Hopkins and International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Public Health Guide for Emergencies, a textbook that has been widely used in the classroom and the field. We are excited with the production of this second edition which captures both the experience of the Federation and the academic public health perceptions of Johns Hopkins University. We believe that the result of this partnership is an action book to help implementers built programs and activities on a solid footing. This guide has been almost completely rewritten and updated from the first edition, an indication of the rapidity and the extent of changes in humanitarian assistance practices which have occurred in just a few years.
The book is organized around issues that humanitarian aid workers from international organizations must face in the field. It seeks to provide guidance in practical terms toward the solution of the many technical and management issues that challenge aid workers following natural and man made disasters including complex humanitarian emergencies.
The authors seek to help build the skills of less experienced aid workers as well as their colleagues who find themselves responsible for activities outside their area of skills or training. For the experienced, the technical and operational advances in recent years are covered. To promote learning from the Public Health Guide, glossaries, charts and references for further reading are included.
It is our hope that this guide will further strengthen the capacities of the individuals and organizations providing assistance in emergencies so that the burden of injury, illness and death which accompany disasters can be greatly reduced in the years to come. It is our wish that providers will think forward to ways which reduce the risks and vulnerabilities of populations to events which cannot alwa ys be prevented disasters still bring far too much suffering and death. Careful application of public health knowledge can greatly reduce this unnecessary burden