The term “emergency” is applied to various situations resulting from natural, political and economic disasters. The New Emergency Health Kit 98 (NEHK98) is designed to meet the primary health care needs of a displaced population without medical facilities, or a population with disrupted medical facilities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. It must be emphasized that, although supplying drugs and medical supplies in the standard kits is convenient early in an emergency, specific local needs must be assessed as soon as possible and further supplies must be ordered accordingly.
The NEHK98 is designed principally to meet the first primary health care needs of a displaced population without medical facilities. The kit is not recommended for re-supplying existing health care facilities.