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.
- Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV): A Training Manual, 2008
- ECV Community Message Tools summary
- ECV Action Tools [English] | [Cambodian]
- ECV Community Message Posters – a series of 25 posters, based on the Community Message Tools (as a part of ECV Tool Kit), now developed specifically for South-East Asian communities.
- ECV Disease Tools
- Summary list of diseases, actions and community messages within the epidemic control for volunteers (ECV) toolkit
Epidemic Control for Volunteers (ECV) Rollout
- Introduction: Epidemic control for Volunteers Toolkit and Training Manual (Slides)
- Implementation of Epidemic Control for Volunteers, Dhaka, March 2012 – Afghan Red Crescent Society
- Rollout of the Epidemic Control for Volunteers Toolkit for Pakistan Red Crescent
- Epidemic Control for Volunteers: 1) Overview of rollout in other zones 2) Key findings of the 2011 ECV review
- Afghan Red Crescent: Master Facilitator Training on Epidemic Control for Volunteers and Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage in Emergencies, Kabul, December 2010
- Epidemic Control for Volunteers – Pacific Toolkit – Disease Tool 1 You can Prevent Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika (May 2016)
- Epidemic Control for Volunteers – Pacific Toolkit – Disease Tool 2 Act on Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika (May 2016)
- Comic Book: Protecting Communities – Malaria Prevention
- Comic Book: Protecting Communities – Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Diseases
- Malaria Prevention Infographics
- Dengue – a silent disaster poster