When a major disaster strikes, the first people on the scene are often local organizations, residents and volunteers. They are often faced with the retrieval and immediate management of dead bodies before forensic experts can arrive.
Proper management of the dead is a key component of disaster response, together with the recovery and care of survivors and the supply of basic services. This manual provides practical, easy-to-follow guidelines to ensure proper and dignified management of dead bodies after disasters.
This publication is a joint effort involving the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).