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): A Training Manual, 2008 - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
ECV Action Tools [English] - ECV Action Tools
ECV Community Message Posters - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
ECV Disease Tools - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Summary list of diseases, actions and community messages within the epidemic control for volunteers (ECV) tool kit - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)

Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV) Rollout

Indonesia Epidemic Preparedness case study - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Myanmar Epidemic Preparedness case study - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Important Note on Rollout and Integration of the Epidemic Control for Volunteers Toolkit, February 2012 - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Introduction: Epidemic control for Volunteers Toolkit and Training Manual (Slides) - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Implementation of Epidemic Control for Volunteers, Dhaka, March 2012 - Afghan Red Crescent Society - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Rollout of the Epidemic Control for Volunteers Toolkit for Pakistan Red Crescent - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)
Epidemic Control for Volunteers: 1) Overview of roll out in other zones 2) Key findings of the 2011 ECV review - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)

Resources

Protecting communities Malaria prevention
Malaria infographic - Infographics
Dengue - a silent disaster poster - Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV)

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