Environmental health in emergencies

Displaced people

Displaced population camp

In the context of emergencies, displaced people are people who have had to leave their homes as a result of a natural, technological or deliberate event.

Political turbulence in many regions of the world has increased the number of displaced people fleeing complex emergencies and disasters. They often end up in large camps where environmental health measures are insufficient.

Displaced people include internally displaced people (people who remain in their own countries) as well as refugees (people who cross international borders).

WHO's support to displaced populations is led by the department of Health Action in Crisis. The resources listed below deal with the environmental health issues resulting from the displacement of large number or people, such as the lack of safe water, poor sanitation and improper waste disposal.

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