Conducting rapid health needs assessments in the cluster era: Experience from the Pakistan flood

Osman Dar*, Mishal S. Khan, Virginia Murray

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    Abstract

    Due to its unprecedented scale, the Pakistan flood disaster tested the limits of disaster management and coordination. Under the leadership of the World Health Organization, the Global Health Cluster system for coordinating activities improved collaboration and efficiency in conducing rapid needs assessments. However, the involvement of non-Cluster members was lacking, and information on existing service provision was not collected adequately. The present rapid health needs assessment process under the Cluster system will be discussed, using the recent floods in Pakistan as an example.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)212-216
    Number of pages5
    JournalPrehospital and Disaster Medicine
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Global Health Cluster
    • Pakistan
    • cluster system
    • flood
    • needs assessment
    • rapid needs assessment

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