One step ahead

Well informed and prepared for rapid deployment in health emergencies

Chapter 1

Situating yourself within the global health protection framework

Defining international health protection / The United Nations (UN) / International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement / World Bank / Regional organisations / National-level health systems / Global partnerships, philanthropists, NGOs and non-state actors

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Chapter 2

Values and conventions to consider

Ethics and morality  /  Ethics in health emergencies  / International health regulations  / Dual use  / Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and SDG 3   /  The right to health and health equity  /  Child protection  /  Gender  / Sexual exploitation and abuse  /  Do No Harm  /  The Geneva Conventions  /  Biological and chemical weapons conventions

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Chapter 3

Taking a glimpse into the health environment

An A-Z from ‘Anthropological perspectives in health emergencies’ to ‘Zoonotic infections’

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Chapter 4

Preparing for deployment

Understanding the situation  /  What should you do before departure?  /  What should you pack before departure?

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Chapter 5

Staying healthy and safe in the field

Staying healthy  /  Staying safe

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Chapter 6

How to cope with everyday reality in the field

Procedures and codes of conduct  /  Managing communication and media relations  /  Cultural sensitivity and diversity  /  Addressing the language barrier  /  Respecting the environment

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Chapter 7

Personal technical considerations

Communications equipment  /  Map reading and navigation  /  Transport

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Chapter 8

Handover and departure

Final in-country steps  /  Returning home

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About the publication

In Control imparts knowledge, provokes reflection and triggers curiosity. The first half of the book provides an overview of the organisations, principles, frameworks and themes that every professional deploying to health emergencies should be aware of. The second half of the book provides practical advice to help professionals survive and thrive during their mission – from staying healthy, protecting oneself from cyber-attacks and coping with stress to building trust among the host community or dealing with language barriers and the press.

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Introduced by the president of Germany’s National Public Health Institute (RKI), Prof. Dr. Wieler, 58 distinguished experts from 21 institutions share their knowledge. These institutions include National Public Health Institutes (Public Health England, Norwegian Public Health Institute, RKI), hospitals (NHS Western Isles Hospital Scotland), international organisations (WHO, UNEP, DG ECHO, ESDC), universities (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Southampton, Free University of Berlin, AKKON University), NGOs (MapAction, Oxfam, Project Hope), the public sector (German Federal Foreign Office, Frankfurt Health Authority, Fire Brigade), foundations (Medical Mission Institute Würzburg, German Institute for International and Security Affairs) and the German Red Cross.

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