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The International Federation field school
International Federation, 2008

This six-page brochure explains the concept of field schools, which aim to train health professionals in rapid health assessments and managing health programme planning, implementation and evaluation in increasingly complex emergencies. Field schools provide real mission experience through direct interaction with communities that are prone to or affected by an emergency, or entering the post-emergency phase.

Available in English.

Economic security
ICRC, 2008

This leaflet provides a comprehensive overview of the range of ICRC activities in this area — from emergency distributions of food and household items to establishing programmes for sustainable food production and microeconomic initiatives. It illustrates clearly that food is not enough. Unavoidable expenditures also include shelter, access to health care, education and taxes, among others.

Available in English and French.

The ICRC and universities
ICRC, 2008

This concise leaflet outlines the different ways in which the ICRC works with academic circles and universities to build an environment conducive to greater respect for IHL. Today students learn the rules applicable in times of armed conflict. Tomorrow they will promote and apply them in their respective professions.

Available in English and French.

Inter-American Plan
International Federation, 2008

The result of intense work by 35 National Societies, this plan sets out how the Americas will use the International Federation’s Strategy 2010, the recommendations of a mid-term review, the Federation of the Future plan, the Strategy of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the Global Agenda goals to scale up the impact of the region’s work by 2011.

Available in English and Spanish.

Introduction to the Guidelines for the Domestic Facilitation and Regulation of International Disaster Relief and Initial Recovery Assistance
International Federation, 2008

Laws can help international relief and aid personnel reach disaster zones as quickly as possible — or they can hinder assistance. This publication introduces a set of guidelines, which are recommendations to governments on how to prepare their disaster laws and plans to avoid common problems. The guidelines set out minimal quality standards in humanitarian assistance and the kinds of legal facilities aid providers need to do their work effectively. The guidelines were unanimously adopted in November 2007, at the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Violence and the use of force
ICRC, 2008

The line separating disturbances and tensions from armed conflict can sometimes be blurred and the only way to categorize specific situations is by examining each individual case. The intensity of violence is the key determining factor. This categorization has direct consequences for the armed forces and civil authorities as it does for the victims of the violence. It determines which rules apply and the protection they provide is established in greater or lesser detail according to the legal situation.

Available in English. Sfr 2.

Influenza: preparing for a pandemic
International Federation, 2008

Influenza features in the opening chapter of the story of the International Federation, whose predecessor was formed within a few months of the 1918–19 influenza pandemic that claimed 20 to 40 million lives. Today ‘bird flu’ has killed more than half the people it has infected. It could evolve into a virus that spreads human to human. A community-based organization like the Red Cross Red Crescent can be influential in prevention — the world’s first line of defence. This publication outlines actions taken to date and plans for the future.

Available in English

Wound ballistics: an introduction for health, legal, forensic, military and law enforcement professionals
ICRC, 2008

This DVD explores the impact on human tissue of bullets from rifles and handguns, as well as fragments from explosive weapons — an area of study known as wound ballistics. Designed for instructional purposes, the film has been made for a range of specialist audiences.
DVD available in English, French and German. Sfr 30.

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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