Humanitarian Health Action

South Asia earthquake and tsunamis

The South-East Asia earthquake and tsunami, which struck on 26 December 2004, affected 11 countries, killing more than 225 000 and displacing an estimated 1.2 million. The crisis required governments, civil society, humanitarian actors (including non-governmental organizations and donors) and the UN to respond on a scale that had never been seen before.

WHO was able to respond to this disaster thanks to an extraordinary effort at all levels of the Organization, with regional and headquarters staff joining colleagues in WHO's South-East Asia Region to plan and implement WHO's response. Over 200 staff were deployed to the affected countries in the weeks following the disaster. More than 50 departments were involved in providing expertise and technical backup to the field operations.

Information on the crisis and WHO's response

Tsunami Recovery Impact Assessment and Monitoring System (TRIAMS)

An initiative to assist governments, aid agencies and affected populations in assessing and monitoring the rate and direction of tsunami recovery in Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand over a period of five years.

WHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the Tsunami Disaster in Asia

A WHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the Tsunami Disaster in Asia convened in Phuket on 4-6 May 2005 to discuss the lessons learnt in the health sector response and the early phase of recovery.

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WHO resources

Other resources

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.

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