In addition to major humanitarian crises triggered by natural disasters or conflicts, infectious disease events, including outbreaks, can result in a Humanitarian System-wide Scale-Up activation(i.e. ‘Scale-Up activation’) to ensure a more effective response.
Scale-Up activation procedures for infectious disease events build on the InterAgency Standing Committee (IASC) Scale-Up activation protocols, with adjustments to reflect the potential evolution of an infectious event, the roles of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its Director-General and Member States under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005), and the importance of non-IASC organizations in responding to infectious disease events. These procedures also recognize that many infectious hazards are of animal origin, with the response incorporating a ‘One Health’ approach.
This paper outlines the IASC procedures for the assessment of infectious disease events, the consultation and decision-making processes on Scale-Up activation, the activation and deactivation criteria and procedures, and implications for IASC members and other key collaborating organizations.
Protocol 1 of the Scale-Up activation documents defines and establishes the procedures for a humanitarian system-wide Scale-UP activation in response to a major sudden-onset crisis and/or substantial deterioration of a humanitarian situation.
The document includes the following sections:
Main Steps in the Procedure;
Implications of the Scale-Up Activation;
End of the Scale-Up Designation;
Definition of Accompanying Measures.
This reference document replaces the 13 April 2012 Transformative Agenda L-3 definition and procedures.
The Cluster Coordination and Reference Module is one of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Transformative Agenda Protocols. This module outlines the basic elements of cluster coordination and intends to serve as a reference guide for field practitioners to help facilitate their work and improve humanitarian outcomes.
The IASC Reference Module for the Implementation of the Humanitarian Program Cycle defines the roles and responsibilities of international humanitarian actors and the way that they interact with each other, national and local authorities, civil society and with people affected by crises.
The reference module is formed around the six key elements of the humanitarian program cycle and two enablers:
Emergency Response Preparedness
Needs Assessment and Analysis
Strategic Response Planning
Implementation and Monitoring
Operational Peer Review and Evaluation
This Reference Module provides a standard and adaptable set of tools for use in humanitarian crises globally.
The 2015 document supersedes the first version of the same name from 2013.
The IASC Task Team on Preparedness and Resilience has developed the ‘Emergency Response Preparedness’ (ERP) approach to enable the international humanitarian system to apply a proactive approach to emergency preparedness. The ERP guidance builds on the importance placed by the IASC Transformative Agenda on preparedness on both the programmatic and financial side and, in particular, for HCT and IASC organizations to act on specific early warning indicators to engage in inter‐agency contingency planning and other coordinated preparedness actions to improve collective response readiness.
The ERP approach can be complementary to development action, e.g. through an UNDAF, that seeks to build national and local resilience, including preparedness capacity – especially where international and national capacity can be closely coordinated. The ERP replaces the ‘Inter-Agency Contingency Planning Guidelines for Humanitarian Assistance’ as developed in 2001 and updated in 2007.