Humanitarian Health Action

Editorial

Monthly Highlights - September 2010

Photo: WHO/Dominique Maison

This is the first issue of the new HAC Monthly Highlights which will enable WHO and partners to share information on a selection of HAC’s main activities and areas of concern. The Monthly Highlights will cover salient activities in selected crisis countries; preparedness, response and recovery issues; humanitarian health policies and strategies; partnerships and donor news; Global and Country health Cluster news and interagency issues. This report will be delivered at the end of every month to HAC partners and other interested parties.

This month’s Highlights reviews the main aspects of the health response to Pakistan’s floods crisis, highlights the urgent need for funding in Kyrgyzstan and provides updates on Somalia and Afghanistan. It then reviews the funding received by the health sector from the CERF during the first semester of 2010. The section dedicated to funding is followed by an overview of the logistics challenges surrounding the deployment of medical supplies and equipment around the world. Subsequently, a new section devoted to the Global Health Cluster (GHC) reports on the GHC annual meeting, on a lessons learnt workshop held in Geneva last June, an inter-cluster mission to Nepal and the latest health cluster coordinator training in Geneva. A section focusing on global preparedness activities lists some of the most recent publications on the urban risks associated with emergencies and health. The Highlights concludes by presenting the main interagency issues as well as two recent publications, Analysing disrupted health sectors – A modular manual and Health of migrants – the way forward. Report of a global consultation.

The news of September 2010 has been filled with stories of the devastation caused by flooding in Pakistan. The floods have affected 84 of the 121 districts in Pakistan and more than 20 million people. The humanitarian community has been working together to try to meet the immediate relief needs of flood-affected communities. Both the donor and humanitarian community have demanded coordinated response and fund-raising efforts. The magnitude of the disaster makes it imperative that we work together to provide an effective, needs-based response. The geographical scale of this disaster and the number of affected people makes this a bigger and more complex situation than almost any other ever faced by the humanitarian community.

We hope that this new monthly Highlights will be informative to you and we value any comments or suggestions for continuously improving it.

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