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Public health guide in emergencies
Johns Hopkins/International Federation, 2008

This guide, prepared by the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and the Red Cross Red Crescent, is a practical action plan to keep people safe. Its ten chapters set out key public health principles for managing disasters. In a thorough revision of the first edition, published in 2001, the focus is on planning for relief in the context of long-term development.

Available in English.


Second regional TRIAMS workshop
WHO/UNDP/International Federation, 2008

At a workshop in Thailand in March 2007, participants using the Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System examined what progress had been made after the Indian Ocean tsunami in Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. This report also discusses incorporating disaster risk reduction into recovery and adjusting four key indicators of progress: basic social services; vital needs; infrastructure; and livelihoods.

Available in English.


Stay safe: the International Federation’s guides for staff on mission and security managers
International Federation, 2008

These two guides, one aimed at staff on mission and the other at security managers, cover all aspects of security during International Federation missions, including the role of the emblems, personal security, vehicles, natural disasters and how to respond to dangerous situations.

Available in English, French to follow.

Partnering for community impact, 2000–2007 report
International Federation, 2008

This report describes the achievements of the Measles Initiative and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative between 2000 and 2007. It gives particular credit to National Society volunteers whose contribution to mass immunization campaigns helps to stamp out these childhood killers.

Available in English.

Women and war
ICRC, 2008

War and violence today spare no one, but they affect men, women, boys and girls in different ways. Whether violence is internal or cross-border, civilians are all too often caught in the firing line, directly targeted or endangered by the proximity of the fighting. Women and girls in war-torn countries face unimaginable risks, threats and challenges. This publication looks at the ways in which women can be affected by conflict and the actions taken by the ICRC to take their specific needs into account. It also promotes the rules of international humanitarian law which provide specific protection for women in war.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Sfr 5.

Cluster munitions – time to act
ICRC, 2008

Cluster munitions have been a persistent problem for decades. These weapons’ unique characteristics present grave dangers for civilian men, women and children, not only at the time they are used but also long after the fighting has ended. A new information kit is now available. It has been developed especially to support work on the cluster munitions issue. The kit comprises a DVD with a short film, informational fact sheets and the cluster munitions brochure.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Free of charge (for six-month period).

Increasing respect for International humanitarian law in non-international armed conflicts
ICRC, 2008

The most widely prevalent type of armed conflict today is non-international in nature. A major challenge has always been how to make the rules of IHL known to the opposing sides and how to ensure they are applied. This new publication aims to provide states and armed groups, as well as humanitarian and other actors working with parties to non-international armed conflicts, with suggestions for ways in which the law could be better implemented. It outlines a range of legal tools and policy arguments that the ICRC, and others, have employed to increase respect for IHL.

Available in English, French and Spanish. Sfr 5.


Chechnya – rising from its ashes
ICRC, 2008

In Grozny, the streets of the market are full. But despite the rebuilding, it is hard to find a decent flat or a proper job. Some people have started their own businesses thanks to the ICRC, such as Taiza who is making mattresses. But as Grozny rises from its ashes, other families still struggle to come to terms with the past, desperate to know what has happened to their missing relatives.

DVD available in English, French and Russian. Sfr 20.

International Federation materials are available from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, P.O. Box 372, CH-1211 Geneva 19, Switzerland. for the Federation

  ICRC materials are available from the International Committee of the Red Cross, 19 avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland. for the ICRC

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