Humanitarian Health Action

Events 2009

WHO Humanitarian Forum

4 December 2009 -- Representatives from more than 20 countries, along with UN agencies and NGOs, attended the 2010 WHO Humanitarian Forum.

Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD6)

30 November - 11 December 2009 -- Organized by the WHO Cluster for Health Action in Crises (HAC) together with WHO Mediterranean Centre for Health Risk Reduction (WMC). PHPD7 (in French) will take plase in 2010.

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR)

14 October 2009. WHO is teaming up with UN, national and non-government partners to mark this year's International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR) on 14 October, which is being dedicated to the need to make "Hospitals Safe from Disasters." The day coincides with the culmination of the two-year World Disaster Reduction campaign based on the same theme and organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, WHO and the World Bank.

Consultation on sexual and reproductive health in protracted crises and recovery

28 - 30 September 2009, Granada, Spain. A key forum aimed at finding ways to meet the long neglected sexual and reproductive health needs of people affected by protracted crises, such as conflicts.

World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2009

Established by the General Assembly (GA) of the United Nations in December 2008, 19 August 2009 is the first World Humanitarian Day. The designation of the Day is a way to increase public understanding of humanitarian assistance activities worldwide. The Day also aims to honour humanitarian workers who have lost their lives or been injured in the course of their work. The General Assembly invites all countries, the entities of the UN system and international and non-governmental organizations to observe the day annually in an appropriate manner.

Saving Lives in Crises - Improving Humanitarian Health Action

ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment - Informal Side Event
20 July 2009 in Palais des Nations, Room XXIV at 13.15-14.45

Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, Geneva, 15–19 June 2009

WHO is participating in the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction. This is an important conference for the health sector, as the focus of the World Disaster Reduction Campaign 2008-2009 is on Hospitals Safe from Disasters and joint efforts to enhance health risk reduction and emergency preparedness. The attention of delegates will be drawn to the critical importance of health for disaster risk reduction and to the actions taking place around the world to strengthen resilience and emergency preparedness of health facilities.

Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis

15 - 26 June 2009--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.

World Health Day 2009

On 7 April 2009, WHO will celebrate World Health Day with the theme “Save Lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies.” WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan will launch World Health Day in Beijing while a side event will be organized in Geneva.