Massachusetts Medical Society: An Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response

An Introduction to Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Response

The Evolution of Response to Sudden Onset Crises

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committee on Global Health

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Presented by:

Ritu R. Sarin, MD, EMDMRitu R. Sarin, MD, EMDM

Associate Director, BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine
Faculty, BIDMC Department of Emergency Medicine
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Hilarie H. Cranmer, MD, MPHHilarie H. Cranmer, MD, MPH

Director, Global Disaster Response, MGH Global Health
Faculty, MGH Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health


Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health – Boston University School of Medicine Global Health Program
The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health
 is a three-part multidisciplinary timeline-based, interactive, evaluative, open-access course to prepare students and trainees to safely and effectively participate in global health learning experiences. The course is free-of-charge and generate a Credly Badge upon successful completion


MA Responds - Volunteers are always needed to respond to emergencies and weather events as well as planned community events such as vaccine clinics, public health promotion and marathons. The best way Massachusetts can be ready to meet this need is to have a system in place that can quickly identify, verify, and mobilize volunteers.  MA Responds is such a system.

Guidelines Available for Download

Classification and Minimum Standards for Foreign Medical Teams in Sudden Onset Disasters

These guidelines provide benchmarks for international teams that they should meet when offering their services to affected countries. The standardisation of services allows countries requiring such support to better communicate their needs, while countries offering FMTs can clearly state the services and capacities that they are offering. This will lead to better coordination between aid providers and aid recipients.

Emergency medical teams: minimum technical standards and recommendations for rehabilitation

MSF medical guidelines
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) produces medical guides to help practitioners in the field. The contents of these guides are based on scientific data collected from MSF’s experience, the World Health Organization (WHO), other renowned international medical institutions and medical and scientific journals.

The Sphere Handbook 2018
The Sphere Handbook is the oldest initiative in the field of humanitarian standards. It has been field-tested over twenty years and regularly updated to ensure it remains fit for purpose in a changing world. What does not change is its rights-based foundations: people have the right to assistance, the right to life with dignity, the right to protection and security, and the right to fully participate in decisions related to their own recovery.

Management of Limb Injuries During Disasters and Conflicts

Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks

Online Certification

Basic and Advanced Security in the field : United Nations program for all UN workers – Free

WHO incident command : World Health Organization – Free

FEMA : Federal Emergency Management Agency – Free

Building a Better Response : – Free

HumanitarianU / Disaster Ready : – Free right now   

Boston Medical Reserve Corps/ Delvalle Institute

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