At the end of the activity, the students should be able to calculate commonly used emergency metrics for demography
Please read pages 6-8 and 22-23 in the book chapter: Public Health in Humanitarian Action.
In emergencies, many of the baseline demographic data are likely to remain fairly constant (e.g. the age distribution, or the birth rate, at least for the first 9 months). However, mortality may increase. The threshold for calling something an acute health emergency is often expressed as a situation where:
- the number of deaths is >10,000/day,
- the number of deaths to children aged under five is > 2/10,000 children under five per day