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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. 

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English (7.35 MB)
Spanish (8.70 MB)

The PEDs programs is also available as an interac​tive online course in English and Spanish at no cost. See the flyer and instructions

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 Healthis involved in other efforts to improve the health and well-being of the world's children.