can never be too prepared for an emergency. This is particularly true
insofar as concerns pregnant women, children, physically and mentally
challenged persons, and the elderly.
However, preparations to face a potential disaster and the decisions
made for the appropriate and timely protection of these groups before,
during and after such events may well make the difference between
safeguarding the lives and wellbeing of this population group, or
exposing them to further physical and emotional damage.
In order for emergency preparations to be truly effective, the active
participation of the inhabitants of the areas at risk is essential, as
is that of government and nongovernmental institutions, and bilateral
and international cooperation agencies. The proper participation of
women, children, handicapped persons, and the elderly in preparation
activities --- as individuals, as families, and as community groups---
as well as knowing how to act in the event of a calamity, will help to
reduce the vulnerability of these population groups to such events.
recommendations have been prepared with a view to facilitating the task
of preparing for and mitigating the effects of emergencies, and in
order to ensure adequate consideration of the needs of especially
vulnerable groups. They address both general issues, and issues of
specific concern for the prenatal and delivery care; contraceptive
care; prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases; care for
children, the handicapped, and the elderly; and the prevention and care
of cases of violence in domestic settings, or in shelters or temporary
refuges. They are presented in the form of individual guidelines
organized by subject.
General recommendations for populations in emergencies
Recommendations for prenatal care and delivery care in emergencies
Recommendations for contraceptive care in emergencies
Recommendations for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases in emergencies.
Recommendations for care of children in emergencies
Recommendations for care of mentally or physically challenged persons and the elderly in emergencies
Recommendations for the prevention and care of cases of domestic violence in emergencies