IERH - Southwest Asia
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) led CDC's response to the war in Afghanistan. IERHB staff were the first U.S. government employees in Afghanistan besides the U.S. State Department and the U.S. military. IERHB conducted the national measles immunization campaign during 2002-03and surveys requested by U.N. on regional nutritional assessments and national injury disability, mortality and mental health. IERHB staff acted as the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) health coordinators for internally displaced people. In 2003, IERHB established the Post Emergency Public Health Center in Afghanistan (PEPHCA), a collaborative project between CDC, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and the Afghan ministry of health, which is center of excellence for public health, epidemiology, and survey methods in Afghanistan.
The International Emergency and Refugee Health Branch (IERHB) has a long history of work in the Afghan refugee camps along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan. In coordination with the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), IERHB field tested a health information system, which makes the collection and analysis of health data more timely and effective in refugee settings. During the war in Afghanistan, IERHB provided health coordinators to UNHCR to direct health activities in the refugee camps and around Quetta Pakistan.