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Supplies and Logistics

Emergency Health Kit

© UNICEF/HQ05-1454/Pirozzi
Tabina Syed, a UNICEF Logistics Officer, inventories boxes of UNICEF health kits.

The Emergency Health Kit is an integral part of UNICEF's immediate response to most emergencies.

The Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK2011) was designed by WHO, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, Médecins Sans Frontières, Doctors of the World, International Medical Corps, HealthNet TPO, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  The kit will meet the initial primary health care needs of a displaced population of 10,000 persons for a period of 3 months without medical facilities.

The kit contains:

  • drugs, medical supplies, and basic medical equipment for a population of 10,000 persons for 3 months
  • includes basic steam sterilization equipment to ensure sterilization of facilities in all types of environment

The kit does not include resuscitation and major surgical supplies and equipment, hospital equipment and/or hospital furniture.

It has been designed for general medicine under primitive conditions, more serious cases should be referred to the nearest hospital.

It is not designed for immunization or nutritional programmes: supplementary supplies and equipment will be required after an assessment of needs.

In situations of war, earthquakes or epidemics, specialized teams with medical equipment and supplies will be required.

In addition to the Emergency Health Kit, UNICEF has other kinds of kits that include: the new Postexposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Kit. PEP is a treatment that is used to reduce the risk of infection after an individual has been sexually abused or unwittingly exposed to HIV. There is also the Obstetric Surgical Kit, which contains supplies and equipment including surgical instruments, basic sterilization and resuscitation equipment, for health facilities to handle an average of 100 deliveries, including 50 with complications and surgery (with an average of 25 caesarean sections). For normal deliveries, UNICEF has developed the Midwifery Kit, containing basic medicines, renewable medical supplies, medical equipment and basic sterilization and resuscitation equipment. This is sufficient for health facilities to perform an average of 50 normal deliveries. 

A UNICEF Technical Bulletin, giving more information on the IEHK2011 is available here.

For full specifications, please see the UNICEF Supply Catalogue.



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