Editorial In the wake of the emergencies in Haiti and Pakistan, which stretched to the limit its capacities, the international humanitarian community has begun taking stock of the experience and deriving lessons from it. While the IASC is working on the development of a new business model for the humanitarian response at large, HAC has initiated the formulation of a revised model for the work of WHO in emergencies specifically.
HAC activities in countries
Haiti earthquake: one year on This month marked one year since the earthquake hit Haiti on 12 January 2010. At the WHO 128th Executive Board Meeting’s special presentation on Haiti, the WHO Director-General reminded the participants of how the response to the earthquake tested to the limit the capacities of the Organization and of its partners, including donors and all stakeholders.
Côte d’Ivoire: the humanitarian health implications of the current political crisis The humanitarian health implications of the current political crisis in Côte d’Ivoire are difficult to predict. In the health sector, the main effect of the crisis is to reduce access to health services for affected people. A Regional Emergency Humanitarian Action Plan was launched on 14 January to reinforce response, preparedness and coordination
Summary of HAC activities as Health Cluster Lead in 2010 Under the leadership of WHO, the Global Health Cluster brings together organizations and institutions committed to responding to health needs in emergencies. It adds value to crisis responses by optimizing available resources and skills, by recognizing local knowledge, expertise and advice and by avoiding wastage and overlap, both of which can not be afforded in situations of severe need.
Overview of the health sector in the Consolidated Appeal Process 2011 The CAP 2011 global health requirements are US$ 948 094 463, or approximately 12.7% of the total Appeal. WHO, as the Health Cluster lead agency, led the process for the health sector in coordination with the large number of health partners. Of these 12%, US$ 160 324 365 are requested specifically for WHO.
Interagency issues New IASC business model for humanitarian response; 79th IASC Working Group meeting; 20 January ECHA meeting.