Humanitarian Assistance in Disaster Situations
A Guide for Effective Aid
PAHO Occasional Publication
PAHO
ISBN-13    9789275123010 ISBN-10    9275123012
Order Number    16300134 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    16.00 / US$    19.20 Developing countries:    CHF    11.20
English     2000        24   pages
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"A hurried response that is not based on an impartial assessment only contributes to chaos. It is better to wait until real needs have been assessed. It is more economical, appropriate and hygienic to buy new articles locally than to send used items... Donors should not compete among themselves to satisfy the more visible needs of the affected country... Emergency assistance should complement - rather than duplicate - the measures used by the affected country. "

These are some examples of the practical advice and recommendations offered in this guide. It provides strong evidence that humanitarian assistance can considerably benefit a country ravaged by disaster if it responds to real needs. Likewise, when responding with unsolicited donations, or when donors have a misguided view of those needs, it can also become a burden. This new guide combines and updates several publications that PAHO has published in the last 15 years.