This manual focuses on promoting the role of primary health care (PHC) facilities in strengthening community participation in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and helping the community to identify indicators of disaster risk and vulnerability. It provides guidance to assess the impact of disasters on social, economic and environmental conditions. The training also addresses the need to involve different stakeholders, ensuring that DRR is a local priority and sharing the local preparedness plan with the community with their defined responsibilities.
Using this manual will enhance the role of PHC workers in strengthening the community’s preparedness for, response to and recovery from disaster. The community will also be trained on how to assess the risks in their local area that result in a simple and practical plan of action that can minimize negative impacts of disasters. The manual has been prepared using simple language, including pictorial explanations, and was field tested in Sudan to ensure its validity.
The manual can be used for the training of trainers at all different levels and categories as follows: i) national, provincial and district master trainers (preferably officials responsible for emergency and humanitarian action (EHA) and PHC at each level); ii) nurses, public health experts/ technicians, family health workers at the facility level (who can be assigned to train the health volunteers and cluster representatives); iii) end users are cluster representatives and health volunteers at the peripheral level.