Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations

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Publisher: World Health Organization
ISBN13: 9789275125298
Category: Disasters/ Risks
Author: PAHO
Type: Print edition
2005 Pages 190


The major disasters that have taken place throughout history, despite their origin, have one thing in common: the enormous number of people killed. Natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes, and those caused by humans, such as fires, wars, and plane crashes, have taught us important lessons concerning the management of mass fatalities. However, the best efforts by experts continue to be counterbalanced by unacceptable practices in managing dead bodies in disaster situations due to lack of information and the persistence of deeply rooted and erroneous beliefs. The Pan American Health Organization invited a diverse group of experts to compile this manual, which analyzes the role of national governments in coordinating and carrying out a series of processes for the effective management of disaster-related mass fatalities, which, along with the assistance provided to disaster survivors and the maintenance of basic services, are fundamental aspects of an integral disaster response. The technical information provided in this manual will be of timely importance to local and national decision-makers and a broad range of professionals from public institutions called upon whenever disasters occur.

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