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Table 1 Thematic areas and public health emergency core competencies for training African health workers

From: What should the African health workforce know about disasters? Proposed competencies for strengthening public health disaster risk management education in Africa

Thematic area Core Competency Training units
Introduction to DRM 1. Demonstrate knowledge of public health principles and practices for Disaster Risk Management 1.1 Disaster risk management concepts
1.2 Public health consequences of disasters
1.3 Context: political, social and economic environment
2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic epidemiological methods and data management 2.1 Basic epidemiology
2.2 Data analysis and management
3. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in DRM 3.1 Key principles of communication
3.2 Risk communication
3.3 Operational communication(any communication that is not with the media and public)
4. Demonstrate the knowledge of principles of legal considerations, human rights and ethics in dealing with DRM 4.1 Ethics
4.2 Human rights
4.3 International humanitarian law
4.4 International health regulations
Operational Effectiveness 5. Demonstrate ability to identify, mobilise and manage resources 5.1 Resource mobilization
6. Demonstrate the ability to apply logistics management 6.1 Logistics management
7. Demonstrate the ability to apply measures of safety and security 7.1 Basic security in the field
7.2 Protection and Family safety
Effective Leadership 8. Demonstrate effective leadership, teamwork and management skills required for DRM 8.1 Principles of leadership and management
8.2 Leadership
8.3 Management
8.4 Coordination
9. Demonstrate knowledge about the monitoring and evaluation cycle 9.1 Key principles
9.2 Monitoring
9.3 Evaluation
Preparedness and Risk Reduction 10. Demonstrate the ability to conduct capacity assessments 10.1 Key principles of capacity assessments
10.2 Risk assessments
10.3 Needs assessments
11. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement preventive and mitigation activities 11.1 Key principles of prevention and mitigation
11.2 Risk reduction
11.3 Mitigation
12. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement emergency preparedness at community and health facility levels 12.1 Key principles of disaster preparedness
12.2 Planning
12.3 Early warning
12.4 Surge capacity
12.5 Training
12.6 Exercise management
Emergency Response 13. Demonstrate ability to apply DRM principles and practices for the health response to disasters and public health emergencies 13.1 Key principles of emergency health response
13.2 Health assessment
13.3 Mass casualty management and emergency health services
13.4 Incident management
13.5 Public health programmes in emergencies
13.6 Planning
Post-emergency health system recovery 14. Demonstrate ability to plan and implement health system and population recovery. 14.1 Key principles of post-disaster health system recovery
14.2 Recovery needs assessments
14.3 Recovery strategy and planning
14.4 Recovery programme implementation