Global Disaster Response

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The Sphere Project is a voluntary initiative of humanitarian agencies to improve the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian actors to their constituents, donors and affected populations. The Sphere Handbook, Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response (INSERT HYPERLINK http://www.sphereproject.org/handbook/) is one of the most widely known and internationally recognized sets of common principles and universal minimum standards in life-saving areas of humanitarian response.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters, and exclusion from healthcare. MSF offers assistance to people based on need, irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Learn more about the MSF clinical guidelines for disaster response .

DisasterReady.org is a free, easy-to-use online training resource designed to help prepare aid workers for the demands of field worked. Created by experts in humanitarian assistance and staff development, this initiative is a collaborative, nonprofit effort supported by prominent aid agencies and the Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation .

Public Health System Training in Disaster Recovery (PH STriDR) The National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) is pleased to present its newest training program, Public Health System Training in Disaster Recovery (PH STriDR) designed for local public health agency workers, which focuses on individual and organizational contributions to disaster recovery. Through four 90-minute, interactive, face-to-face sessions, this training program introduces: the concept of community disaster recovery; the disaster recovery roles of the local public health agency and the individuals who work within it; and potential personal/family and workplace considerations in the recovery phase. It also provides an opportunity for learners to create a vision of successful disaster recovery in their agency and community.

Inter-Agency Standing Committee, Cluster Coordination Module provides the basics of cluster coordination in non-refugee situations. It is compiled to facilitate the improvement of humanitarian outcomes and outlines key concepts and cutting-edge guidance.

WHO Emergency Response Framework (ERF) clarifies the WHO roles and responsibilities during emergencies.

The Foreign Medical Teams (FMT) Working Group under the auspices of the Global Health Cluster and WHO provide the classification and minimum standards for foreign medical teams in sudden onset disasters.

WHO e-Pocketbook for hospital care for children brings together essential tools and documents to create up-to-date, evidence-based clinical guidelines for children requiring hospital care.