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About this library
The most complete electronic information resource on public health for emergency preparedness and response and complex emergencies.

The development and publication of technical information and training materials (books, slides, videos ...) is one of the main areas of work that WHO and PAHO have in the area of emergencies and disasters, as are the efforts to disseminate and distribute these materials to member countries, at the lowest cost possible. This new revision of HELID Library (originally created in 1998) is another step in this long road.

This version has been updated with new publications or technical documents, produced by PAHO and WHO in the last three years, in the fields of emergencies and disasters. A new fourth edition will be published in 2008, for which we will seek contributions of those agencies who contributed to the previous editions.

HELID was an inter-agency effort, to which more than 20 international organizations have contributed, including United Nations agencies such as UNHCR, UNICEF, ISRD; the Red Cross movement through IFRC and ICRC; the Sphere Project; and other non-governmental and national agencies (the complete list can be found in the Useful Information section).

HELID (available through the Internet and in CD-ROM version) allows easy and fast access to a large amount of technical information, selected using practical and scientific criteria. It contains more than 650 full-text documents, with more than 40,000 scanned text pages and over 12,000 images. The documents include technical guidelines, manuals, field guides, disaster chronicles, case studies, emergency kits, newsletters, and other training materials. They are in English, Spanish, French, and some even in Russian.

Comments or requests for additional information can be directed to WHO at crisis@who.int, or PAHO at disaster-publications@paho.org.

Visit the collection online at www.helid.desastres.net, or consult WHO's or PAHO's websites:


The topics include:
Public Health Management; Principles and Guidelines
Emergency Preparedness and Response
Disaster Mitigation
Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Refugees and Internally Displaced Population Health
Environmental Health and Chemicals
Communicable Diseases
Parasitic and Vector Borne Diseases
Food and Nutrition
Reproductive Health, Child Health and Immunization
Mental Health
Essential Medicines and Management of Supplies
Management of War-wounded and Injuries
Safe Blood and Laboratories Services
Safe Hospitals
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Useful Information
What does this Library contain?
New publications in this edition
About HELID Collaborating Agencies
Credits and Copyrights
How to find information
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There are 5 ways to find information in this collection:
You can search for particular words that appear in the text from the "Search" page. This is the first page that comes up when you begin, and can be reached from other pages by pressing the Search button. (more help, example)
You can access publications by topic by pressing the Topics button. There are two types of Topics in this collection. (more help, example)
You can access publications by title by pressing the Titles A-Z button. This brings up a list of books in alphabetical order. (more help, example)
You can access the documents by organization by pressing the Organizations button. This brings up a list of organizations. (more help, example)
You can access publications by keyword by pressing the Keywords button. This brings up a list of keywords in alphabetical order. (more help, example)

Library Production
This Library was produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with support from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children (WCRWC) and The Sphere Project with the help of Human Info NGO/WIT and its logistic unit HumanityCD, using the Greenstone software of the New Zealand Digital Library.

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