1. Organization of the health sector for response

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The responsibilities of the health sector in emergency response include:

  • Coordination and decision-making regarding all health-related matters.
  • Assessment of the health impact and surveillance and control of public health risks.
  • Rapid recovery and maintenance of the health care network to meet the urgent needs of the affected population.
  • Organization and support for intersectoral response operations.
  • Effective communications and information flow, making that make it possible to closely monitor the situation and facilitate decision making.
  • Organization and public education to support efforts to contain health hazards.
  • Logistics and equipment for response entities.