(World Health Organisation)Mass gatherings (MG’s) can place a strain on the local health care system; even the most prepared of events may experience a disaster, which can overwhelm local healthcare systems and their ability to provide an adequate emergency response.
This document presents the key issues to be considered in the process of setting up and implementing public health alert, response and operational plans for MGs. It sets out methods for assessing the needs of the MG, determining the ability of existing systems to meet those needs, and modifying and strengthening those systems where required. It provides advice about prevention, detection and management of public health incidents, as well as the integration of the full range of public health activities into the MG planning process. It addresses the many different types of MG, provides case studies of the work undertaken for public health activities at various MGs, and supporting papers and additional resources to support the information here.
This document has been developed primarily for public health professionals, as well as key policy makers, planners and executive personnel. In addition to those in the health sector, there are many outside authorities involved in contributing to healthy outcomes at MGs, who will also find this document useful. It is further anticipated that it will be a valuable resource for event promoters and managers, emergency service personnel, government bodies, and any organizations or individuals who contribute to the organization of MGs.WHO Rapport WHO/HSE/GCR/2015.5Deze handreiking is een update van een eerder WHO-document: ‘Communicable disease alert and response for mass gatherings: key considerations’ (2008)