Use of the HESPER Web to assess perceived needs immediately after multiple disaster events in Fiji

Hugelius, Karin, Semrau, Maya and Holmefur, Marie (2023) Use of the HESPER Web to assess perceived needs immediately after multiple disaster events in Fiji. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 17. e385 1-5. ISSN 1935-7893

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In January 2022, Fiji was hit by multiple natural disasters including a cyclone causing flooding, an underwater volcanic eruption and tsunami. This study aimed to investigate perceived needs among the disaster-affected people in Fiji and to evaluate the feasibility of the Humanitarian Emergency Settings Perceived Needs Scale (HESPER Web) during the early stage after multiple natural disasters.

A cross-sectional study using a self-selected, non-representative study sample was conducted. The HESPER Web was used to collect data.

In all, 242 people participated. The number of perceived serious needs ranged between 2 and 14 (out of a possible 26), with a mean of 6 (SD 3). The top three most reported needs were access to toilets (60%), care for people in the community who are on their own (55%), and distress (51%). Volunteers reported fewer needs than the general public.

The top three needs reported were related to water and sanitation and psychosocial needs. Such needs should not be underestimated in the emergency phase after natural disasters, and may require more attention from responding actors. The HESPER Web was be considered as a usable tool for needs assessment in a sudden onset disaster.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Global Health and Infection
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Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2023 11:14
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 08:45

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