South Asia earthquake
On 8 October 2005, Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province and Azad Jammu Kashmir Region were struck by a 7.6 earthquake. Over 73 000 people were killed, more than 150 000 were injured and 2.5 million were left homeless weeks before the onset of the Himalayan winter.
Health cluster updates
A Humanitarian Health Cluster with WHO as lead agency was established by the IASC. Between October 2005 and June 2006 WHO provided a weekly, consolidated overview of health in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan.
Calls for resource mobilization
Initial List of Urgently Required Medical Items
South Asia earthquake: UN Flash appeal - WHO Projects revised
Specific technical guidelines
Communicable disease risks and interventions
Operational plan and communicable diseases surveillance/early warning and response guidelines
Guidelines for the use of field hospitals
- Management of dead bodies in disaster situations
- Natural disaster profile: Earthquakes
- Natural disaster profile: Landslides
- What is an Emergency Health Kit?
National Plan of Action
- WHO Country Office in Pakistan
- WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean
- WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
- Pakistan Federal Relief Commission
- OCHA ReliefWeb: Health sector
From Kutch to Kashmir: Lessons for Use
- United Nations Logistics Center
- Relief Information System for Earthquakes - Pakistan
- Report: Much accomplished - and far to go
- ALNAP: Briefing paper Lessons Learned [pdf, 635KB]
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.
Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities
WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose