Humanitarian Health Action

Events 2008

Fourth Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD5)

16-29 November 2008--Organized by the WHO Cluster for Health Action in Crises (HAC) together with WHO Regional Office for the Americas, and in collaboration with the WHO Mediterranean Centre for Health Risk Reduction (WMC).

Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis

20 October - 1 November 2008--The overall objective of the programme is to expand and strengthen the capacity of health professionals in analysing the health systems of countries in crisis, developing adequate response and recovery sector strategies, planning and implementing effective interventions.

WHO's Emergency and Humanitarian Action review

10 October, 2008 ¦ ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA -- World Health Organization humanitarian experts from throughout Africa have met here to decide on how best to respond to ongoing and future health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks, flooding and malnutrition.

Hospitals Safe from Disasters

8 October 2008-- The price we pay for the failure of hospitals or health facilities due to disasters is too high. Recognising this, the UN system is using the annual International Day for Disaster Reduction to advocate for "Hospitals Safe from Disasters." Special attention must be given to ensuring the physical and functional integrity of health hospitals and facilities in emergency conditions.

HAC Forum, Geneva

11 June 2008---The World Health Organization has intensified its humanitarian relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.

These were among the messages discussed on 11 June during the WHO Humanitarian Forum 2008 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives from more than 40 countries, United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations attended the event.

Fourth Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD4)

30 March to 12 April 2008 in Hammamet, Tunisia

Hospitals Safe from Disasters

Campaign launch
Davos, 25 January 2008

The price we pay for the failure of hospitals or health facilities due to disasters is too high. In comparison, the cost of making hospitals safe from disasters is tiny. Disaster damage to health systems is a human tragedy, results in huge economic losses, deals devastating blows to development goals, and shakes social confidence. Making hospitals and health facilities safe from disasters is an economic requirement, and also a social, moral and ethical necessity.