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Pediatric Education in Disasters

A Course of the "Helping the Children" Program
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The Pediatric Education in Disasters (PEDs) training program was developed for use in international settings, with 10 topics or modules. The PEDs modules are available in English and Spanish, and 8 of these modules were revised for potential use in the United States. 

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See the Colorado PEDs Manual for more information, or learn more about the course.

The Global Health & Disasters Course is a 2-week course offered once a year as part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Global Health Track. The first 4 days of the course are based on the PEDs Course materials.

Pediatric Education in Disasters Materials by Chapter/Topic




Module 1

Disasters and Their Effects on the Population: Key Concepts








Module 2

Preventive Medicine in Humanitarian Emergencies








Module 3

Planning and Triage in the Disaster Scenario








Module 4

Pediatric Trauma








Module 5

Management of Prevalent Infections in Children Following a Disaster








Module 6

Diarrhea and Dehydration








Module 7

Delivery and Immediate Neonatal Care








Module 8

Recognition and Management of Malnutrition








Module 9

The Emotional Impact of Disaster on Children and Families








Module 10

Toxic Exposures





About the Course
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) international disaster preparedness efforts have been ongoing for many years. The "Helping the Children" initiative is a partnership between the AAP Office of International Affairs and the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, LLC. This initiative seeks to raise awareness and increase competence of relief efforts to be sensitive and responsive to the unique physical and psychological needs of children when a disaster occurs.

Based on these guidelines, a program to train pediatric leaders in the management of disaster relief, care, and rescue for children was developed. The Association for Health Research & Development (ACINDES) was charged with assisting the AAP in the development of the modules and organization of the training program. The manual was published in 2008.

The AAP Section on International Child Health is involved in other efforts to improve the health and well-being of the world's children.
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