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Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness

Since October 2007, CORE Group has been a partner in the larger Humanitarian Pandemic Preparedness (H2P) Initiative with several partners, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Academy for Educational Development (AED), InterAction and the United Nations.

The overall goal of H2P is to build humanitarian response networks and ready-to-use tools to enable community-level response to a pandemic event.

The project comes at an opportune time, as the World Health Organization raised the H1N1 pandemic threat 
alert to level 6 (of six possible levels )
in June 2009, declaring the first influenza pandemic in over 40 years.

As a key partner in this initiative, CORE Group focuses on:

  1. strengthening the capability of CORE member organizations to minimize human morbidity and mortality due to an influenza pandemic in high-risk, vulnerable areas in which NGOs operate,
  2. developing the necessary local partnerships for effective action, and
  3. sharing lessons learned with global partners to develop and inform overall pandemic preparedness guidelines.

CORE Group is directly supporting NGO work in five H2P countries (Nepal, Egypt, Mali, Ethiopia, and Uganda) and more broadly supporting NGO involvement in over 20 countries through partnership with global H2P partners, including the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and UN Agencies, among others.


Call to Action

WHO, IFRC, UNSIC, OCHA and UNICEF, prompted by the humanitarian imperative, will work with partners such as the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, NGOs and civil society to support governments and communities to reduce the impact from the pandemic (H1N1) 2009

Publication date: 17 August 2009

Available in English, Arabic, Spanish, and French


H2P Resources

Planning Tools

Training Tools

**H2P Community Planning and Response Curriculum**

To minimize morbidity and mortality in the event of a pandemic, the H2P Initiative has developed a training curriculum for district- and community-level leaders, and community-level first responders, such as community heath workers and volunteers.

Communication & Advocacy Tools

Additional PANDEMIC Resources

 PowerPoint: Pandemic Influenza: Current Threat (Updated July 2010) Includes information on epidemiology, history and current threat, as well as mitigation strategies.

Selected UN/WHO/CDC/ECDC Documents

WHO/UNICEF Family Level Messages & Communications (June 2009)

WHO Guidance on Public Health Measures (June 2009)

Guide to Public Health Measures to Reduce the Impact of Influenza Pandemics in Europe (September 2006)

Interim Pre-Pandemic Planning Guidance: Community Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Mitigation in the U.S.- Early, Targeted, Layered Use of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (February 2007)

Reducing Transmission of Pandemic (H1N1) in School Settings (WHO, September 2009)

2009 H1N1 Flu and You (CDC, September 2009)

Homecare Guidance (CDC, Dec 2009)

Additional Key Technical Guidance Documents

Prioritization of Health Services
This document provides a brief summary of key health services to maintain during a pandemic. It addresses prevention programs; treatment for acute communicable diseases, including pneumonia, diarrhea, fever and malaria; and priority outpatient programs addressing acute malnutrition, TB, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health. More detailed guidance on prioritization of health services can be found in WHO Reducing Excess Mortality from Common Illnesses during an Influenza Pandemic - 2008.

 Resources from CORE Member NGOs

CARE's Pandemic and Avian Flu Blog

Save the Children Pandemic Flu Resources

World Vision: Planning Guidelines and Toolkit for Avian and Pandemic Flu

 Guidance on Business Continuity Planning

Quick Reference for Business 2009 H1N1 Flu Planning and Response (CDC, August 2009)

Preparedness Planning for US Businesses with Overseas Operations, 4 pages, Jan. 5, 07
Government of New Zealand Pandemic Flu Business Continuity Planning Guide, October 2005 (an excellent 68-page resource with practical tools)
Business Continuity Plan: Infectious Diseases. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety


Recordings from CORE Group On-Line Sessions
H1N1 Influenza - Three-Part Series - July 2009
Novel Influenza A(H1N1) Two Part Series - May 2009
Pandemic Influenza: Epidemiology & Mitigation, History and Current Threat - March 2009


Presentations from CORE Group Meetings

Community-Level Training Tools and Resources for NGOs in Pandemic Influenza Readiness & Response

Thursday, September 10th 2009


Pandemic Influenza: Epidemiology & Mitigation, History & Current Threat - Eric Starbuck, CORE Group

Demonstration of New Community-level Training Tools and Planning Templates - Whitney Pyles, CORE Group

Adult Education Principles Used in H2P Curriculum Design - Joan Haffey, Consultant, CORE Group


More Presentations from CORE Group Meetings

Useful Links (Updated May 2010)


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