Public Health Emergency Response Unit

An Emergency Response Unit (ERU) is a team of trained specialists who can start work on short notice and have capacity to work from one and up to four months in the field, with the aim to deliver immediate support to National Societies undergoing a humanitarian crisis.

The public health is normally affected when a crisis occurs, for example with disease outbreaks. In the context of Public Health (PH), the science and art of preventing disease, a PH ERU can be said to be the measures taken and tools put in place to mitigate health risks at community level, in addition to the clinical care offered by other ERUs.[1]

An example of such tools is CBS in an emergency setting, see PH ERU CBS.

An example of such measures is CCM in an emergency setting, see PH ERU CCM.