Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Response Guidelines on Donations

Guide for Providing Effective Aid

These do's and don'ts about how and what to donate in the aftermath of a disaster have been excepted from the PAHO/WHO publication International Health Relief Assistance: A Guide for Effective Aid. Consult our publications catalog if you would like to download the complete publication.



What is the Logistics Support System (LSS/SUMA)?

LSS is an operational system, comprised of software, equipment and trained personnel, that was developed by PAHO to assist disaster-stricken countries in managing donated supplies, from the time pledges are made to the actual distribution of these supplies. It is also a valuable tool for countries committed to transparency and accountability in relief operations.


Drug Donations

Drug donations, even in emergency situations, may cause problems rather than being helpful if they do not comply with specific principles and guidelines. The following guidelines reflect a consensus between major international agencies.


Guidelines for Drug Donations

These Guidelines for Drug Donations have been developed by the World Health
Organization (WHO) in cooperation with the major international agencies active in
humanitarian relief. (Complete document)


Supply Management

This document contains do's and dont's of humanitarian supplies management. It has been prepared by the creators of the Supply Management System to aid both donors and recipients in times of disaster.


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