Guidelines for Public Health Promotion in Emergencies

It is not possible to provide a blueprint for setting up a public health promotion programme in emergencies as situations will vary greatly. Work may be undertaken in a camp situation, or an urban or rural environment as a response to a mass exodus of people, flooding, drought or other calamity and each situation will present specific challenges. In addition work in areas of ongoing conflict may also require taking novel approaches to service provision where contact time with beneficiaries may be significantly reduced. Oxfam may also find themselves intervening in situations which present different levels of risk and this must be assessed and interventions planned accordingly.