Pediatric Education in Disasters Manual

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Pediatric Education in Disasters Manual


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. ​​

​The curriculum was revised in partnership with the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health and the Pan American Health Organization with the participation of health professionals working at Save the Children, Médecins Sans Frontières, and the United Nations High Commission on Refugees

The revision of the course focuses more directly on sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East – where there has been an increase in conflict, refugees and displaced populations. The initial PEDs training program targeted to Latin America and the Caribbean. Some of the updates include treatment of viruses such as Ebola; updates for nutrition and management of malnutrition; updates to the WHO's Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI); integration of Helping Babies Breathe® into the newborn module; and updated recommendations for treating malaria.

The PEDs programs is also available as an interactive online course in English and Spanish. See the flyer​, instructions​, and a list of module authors​.​

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English (7.35 MB)
Spanish (8.70 MB)

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 four days of the second week of the course are based on the PEDs Course materials. 

See a recent article describing the Kenya Paediatrics Association taking the lead in rolling out the course in Nairobi.​

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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