Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centre: Practical manual to set up and manage a SARI treatment centre and a SARI screening facility in health care facilities

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This is the first edition of the practical manual to set up and manage a severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) treatment centre and a SARI screening facility in health-care facilities. The document has been developed to meet the operational needs emerging with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information presented has been compiled to provide the reader with a thorough understanding of the principles driving the design process of COVID-19 screening areas and SARI treatment centres for healthcare facilities. The current manual incorporates the latest information available at the date of publication.

Various practical tools are presented in the annexes and more technical guidance are available at:

This document is intended for health managers and planners, architects, engineers, logistics, water and sanitation staff, clinical and nursing staff, carers and other health-care providers, as well as health promoters.

The authors welcome any remarks or critical comments from those using this guide, so as to allow revision in keeping with the realities of working in the field.

Comments should be addressed to:

World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20 1202 Geneva, Switzerland Email: