IRRC No. 284

Training medical personnel: HELP and SOS courses

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The early 1980s marked a turning point for humanitarian aid. During those years most of the major emergency relief agencies became aware that steps were needed to heighten the efficiency of their assistance to disaster victims.New policies were therefore introduced to:• promote preventive measures,• codify assessment methods,• standardize medicines and equipment,• rationalize intervention criteria, and• improve coordination among humanitarian organizations.

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