Health Library for Disasters


The 2003 Edition of the Health Library for Disasters—the most complete electronic collection of information resources on public health in disasters and complex emergencies— has just been published.

The selection of material in this third edition is the result of a long process of consultation and exchange between WHO and PAHO, with participation from other UN agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF, and the ISDR; the Red Cross movement; the SPHERE project; non-governmental organizations and national organizations. Thanks to this joint effort, more than 500 technical and scientific documents on disaster reduction and public health related to emergencies and humanitarian assistance form the basis for this electronic collection.

The virtual library features:

  • A powerful and easy-to-use search engine to locate information by topic, titles, organizations or key words.
  • The option to download the complete collection to a hard drive or to download individual publications.
  • A CD-ROM version, which is also available on the Internet.
  • All documents available in HTML and most in PDF format.

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The 2003 edition of the Health Library for Disasters contains publications on a wide variety of topics:

  • Public health in emergencies and disasters, principles and guidelines
  • Preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Human rights and humanitarian legislation
  • Health of refugees and displaced populations
  • Environmental health and chemical products
  • Communicable diseases
  • Parasites and vector-borne diseases
  • Food and nutrition
  • Reproductive health, child health and immunization
  • Mental health
  • Supply management and essential drugs
  • Management of injuries caused by war
  • Safe blood and laboratory services
  • HIV and AIDS


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