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]
Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities
WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.