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Emergency Health and Nutrition
1. Using this Toolkit
Designed as a capacity building resource, the toolkit can be used for training on individual topics, full modules, or as a comprehensive 5-day course. Within the toolkit, you will find six modules: Introduction to the Emergency Context; Save the Children Emergency Preparedness and Response; Assessment Tools; Child Health; Infant and Child Nutrition; and Reproductive and Newborn Health. Contributing to each module, individual sessions are composed of each of the following:
Overview and Facilitation Notes
Issue Summary Sheet
Please note, the content of this toolkit has been developed specifically for Save the Children's health and nutrition staff and often references Save the Children's programs. However, much of the technical content and training modules can be adapted to meet the capacity building needs of other organizations and individuals.
If you plan to conduct a module-based or full-package training, please contact us for topic-based guidance and updates.
It can often be challenging to transition staff, programs and resources to meet the specific needs of an emergency. Save the Children has made it a priority to build the capacity of health staff around the world on how to respond to the priority health and nutrition concerns in emergencies.
What relief workers call the "Humanitarian Imperative" and the "Good Enough Principle" are the guides that lead Save the Children's response to emergencies. The Humanitarian Imperative calls for adaptability in management, well defined staffing roles, condensed timeframes, rapid data collection and knowledge management. The "Good Enough Principle" (see Interagency Working Group's Good Enough Guide) explains that even when robust quantitative data are unavailable to affect the most important decisions, rapid data collection tools exist that are valid and good enough to save the lives of those most in need. These principles form what can be described as a paradigm shift, marking the need for a change of perspective when shifting from development to emergency programming.
As a two-part introduction to the comprehensive toolkit, the following presentations include an insight into the history of emergencies and key lessons learned over the past 30 years; continuing with an overview of key concepts and indicators in emergency preparedness and response. These sessions should be presented consecutively as a series, including the useful exercises and group work that challenge common myths and misconceptions and introduce various emergency scenarios.
Introduction Part 1: History and Lessons Learned
Introduction Part 2: Overview of Concepts and Indicators
SC Emergency Preparedness and Response (SC staff may access this presentation with the use of a SaveNet password)
A three-part data collection series, the Assessments Tools Module is intended to provide an introduction to the various methods of data collection in the emergency context, including rapid assessments, surveys and surveillance.
The Child Health Module helps define the broader epidemiologic picture of under-5 health in emergencies, focusing on disease-specific sessions and making the case for prioritizing attention to specific diseases in various emergency settings.
The Infant and Child Nutrition Module includes sessions on Acute Malnutrition prevention, detection and treatment and Infant and Young Child Feeding - the importance of establishing an infant feeding strategy in emergencies.
The Reproductive and Newborn Health Module establishes priority reproductive health interventions in emergency situations, the epidemiology of neonatal mortality in emergencies and best practices and technologies for promoting neonatal health.
The toolkit can be adapted to function as a comprehensive 5-day training course by using the modules above and combining them with the agenda, overarching sessions and other resources below. If you plan to conduct a full-package training, please contact us for topic-based guidance and updates.
Printable Toolkit (Coming Soon)
The Emergency Simulation Exercise is a roll-playing exercise enabling individuals to actively participate in a reality-based emergency drill. Participants are required to interact with key staff "on the ground" to conduct an emergency rapid assessment.
Issue Summary Sheets
Questions or Comments?
SC staff may access the following resources, with the use of a SaveNet password:
Country Emergency Preparedness Plans (Coming Soon)