Communicable diseases kill more than 14 million people around the world every year. Those diseases include respiratory infections, HIV/AIDS, diarrhoeal diseases, tuberculosis, malaria and measles. An increase in the number and severity of natural disasters has exacerbated this problem.

Epidemics are a constant threat to the well-being of communities everywhere, especially in societies where resources are scarce. Managing epidemics, or preferably preventing them, is a priority for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Populations frequently experience epidemics when they are affected by emergencies.

A large part of the Movement’s response to health needs in emergencies and epidemics relies on the Red Cross and Red Crescent volunteers in their communities.

E-mail: Mr. Pornsak Khortwong (PK), at pornsak.khortwong@ifrc.org 

Key Documents

Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV) Rollout

Resources

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