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The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual$
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Sonja A. Rasmussen and Richard A. Goodman

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190933692

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190933692.001.0001

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Natural and Human-Made Disasters

Natural and Human-Made Disasters

(p.409) 22 Natural and Human-Made Disasters
The CDC Field Epidemiology Manual

Ronald Waldman

Oxford University Press

Epidemiologic evidence is a critical element of humanitarian assistance. The identification of appropriate interventions for priority health problems depends heavily on the rapid collection, analysis, and interpretation of data derived from sound methods adapted to challenging circumstances. In the relative chaos of the emergency setting, accurate determination of both numerators and denominators can depend on the ability to be observant, innovative, and flexible. In addition to possessing technical skills, the humanitarian epidemiologist needs to be a strong advocate for the importance of data, an excellent communicator, and a team player. At all times, the epidemiologist should remember that every action taken is not about producing more and better data, but rather about saving imperiled lives.

Keywords:   disasters, refugees, emergencies, humanitarian response, data collection

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