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Epidemic preparedness tools and resources

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Community health and epidemic control

Community-based Health and First Aid - Guides and Manuals
Epidemic Control for Volunteers - Toolkit
Public Awareness and Public Education for Disaster Risk Reduction
Zika Response

Community Engagement and Accountability

Community engagement and accountability (CEA) hub
Red Cross Red Crescent Guide to Community Engagement and Accountability
Community Engagement and Accountability Toolkit
A guide for media in communicating in health emergencies

Community-based Surveillance

Community-Based Surveillance (CBS) knowledge platform
Community-based Surveillance Guiding Principles
Community-based surveillance Assessment tool
Community-based surveillance Protocol template

National Society Preparedness for Effective Response

Preparedness for Effective Response (PER)

Preparedness for Effective Response (PER) is a cyclical approach designed to empower National Societies to become more creative and innovative in their disaster management actions, and contribute to the coordination of national and global response systems.


Preparedness for Effective Response (PER) - Considerations for epidemic preparedness
Country profiles
Each country profile provides a brief 2-page summary (per National Society) of the Risk & Hazards, health system, Movement context (IFRC, ICRC, PNS), National Society context (mandate, resources, medical services, programs (highlighted: CBHFA, CEA, MHPSS), and National Society capacity strengthening processes), as well as coordination focal points (WHO, Health Cluster, RC/HC).

Private sector preparedness

Business Preparedness Initiative Toolkit

This toolkit enables Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies to implement or enhance their outreach to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the category of businesses most vulnerable to crises and disasters. Using these tools, RC/RC National Societies can implement outreach programs, deliver workshops, and design marketing campaigns to stimulate SME preparedness with business continuity plans, employment protection, and strengthened supply chains. This toolkit is for Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies interested in establishing partnerships with local SMEs in order to promote and support expanded business preparedness.


"Atlas" App for small and medium enterprises

Data readiness

Data Readiness toolkit

In the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement context, data readiness is the ability of National Societies to use quality and timely information to influence operations and planning to respond effectively to disasters.  The IFRC and National Societies are thinking more critically about data and how they can leverage it better to improve our work. Through data readiness, organizations will be equipped to use quality and timely information to influence operations and planning, all with the goal of improving our ability to respond effectively to disasters.

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