02. The Complex Emergency Database


Learning outcome     

After completing this activity, the student will be familiar with the Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT).


Please visit the Complex Emergency Database (CE-DAT) and answer the following quiz questions.


CE-DAT is a database of mortality and malnutrition rates - the most commonly used public health indicators of the severity of a humanitarian crisis. Field agencies use mortality and nutrition indicators to identify and measure the severity of needs in order to prioritise human and financial resources. These indicators have also been shown to be useful in monitoring the extent to which the relief system is meeting the needs of vulnerable populations and thus the overall impact and effectiveness of the relief system.

The Centre for Research and Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in Belgium has a long history of standardised data compilation, validation and analysis. It provides free and open access to its data through its websites. One of CRED’s core data products is the Complex Emergency Database: CE-DAT.

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Question 11 pts

Search the CE-DAT database for the survey on ‘Infant and Young Child Nutrition Assessment Report – Gaza – July 2009’. It is survey no. 2774.

How many indicators does the survey include?

Question 21 pts

Which one of the following indicators is NOT included in this survey?

Question 31 pts

What was the age of the subjects that were included in this survey?

Question 41 pts

In the data guidelines on the CE-DAT website you will find information on how they measure malnutrition. One of the ways is to measure the ‘weight-for-height’ of a child. Which type of malnutrition can be measured this way?

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