Environmental health in emergencies

Partners and networks

In helping countries to manage the environmental health aspects of emergencies, WHO calls upon the assistance of various networks and partners.

THREAT-SPECIFIC NETWORKS for environmental health emergencies:

  • ChemiNet [pdf 154kb]: The WHO Global Chemical Incident Emergency Response Network is a network of institutions, agencies, laboratories, WHO collaborating centres, poison centres, academia and individuals from different member states which provides emergency assistance to countries in investigating and responding to the public health and medical consequences of chemical incidents and emergencies. Information in French [pdf 143kb]

  • INTOX: is a closed toxicology network that links together more than 200 specialists in over 75 countries. Its members work in poisons centres, clinical treatment units, analytical toxicology laboratories and chemical incident response services. Many members are also members of other poisons centre and toxicology networks and therefore the potential extent of the INTOX network is truly global. The network provides assistance on various matter connected with poisoning e.g. diagnosis and management of unusual cases, and sources of antidote. It is also used to transmit alerts.

  • REMPAN: the Radiation Emergency Medical Preparedness and Assistance Network (REMPAN) gathers forty medical and research institutions specialized in diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up of people over-exposed to ionizing radiation. The network was designated to provide medical and public health assistance and facilitate long-term care and follow-up of acute radiation syndrome, local radiation injuries, radionuclide contamination and other possible health consequences of radiation exposure. REMPAN centres also conduct research in radiation emergency medicine, radiation biology, bio-dosimetry and radiation epidemiology.

Examples of partners:

Partners include WHO collaborating centres, intergovernmental organizations and non-WHO networks, for example:

Other relevant networks and institutions