Humanitarian Health Action



Five points WHO would like to see reflected at the World Humanitarian Summit

14 October 2015 – The global community will converge on Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2016 for the World Humanitarian Summit – the culmination of a worldwide consultation process involving eight regions and more than 23 000 contributing parties. It will bring together the greatest ideas and best practices from around the world and will set the agenda for humanitarian action for years to come. As the next stage in this ongoing consultation process takes place in Geneva from 14-16 October, we’re sharing five key points on the centrality of health in humanitarian action.

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR): 13 October 2015

This year’s International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction focuses on “Knowledge for Life” - embracing the role of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge, that complements modern science and adds to a community’s resilience. For this International Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on people everywhere to acknowledge the importance of community health workers as part of its #ThanksHealthHero campaign. The best formula for coping with a disaster – or preparing for one that may come – is to combine technical expertise with community knowledge.

World Humanitarian Day: WHO honours health workers, calls for their protection

14 AUGUST 2015 ¦ GENEVA – Ahead of World Humanitarian Day 19 August 2015, WHO is drawing attention to continued attacks on health staff and health facilities. In 2014 alone, WHO received reports of 372 attacks in 32 countries on health workers, resulting in 603 deaths and 958 injuries, while similar incidents have been recorded this year.

Advanced course: Analysing disrupted health sectors in countries in crisis

This two week residential training programme for health professionals is focused on the analysis of health systems of countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crises. Jointly organised by Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Save the Children, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO Briefing to Member States - 24 February 2015

WHO will provide a briefing to Member States on the WHO response to acute emergencies classified as Grade 3. This will include the WHO Humanitarian Response in the Central African Republic, the Republic of Iraq, the Republic of South Sudan and the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries.

The 3rd World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is the most important event in the field of emergency and disaster risk management since the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) was agreed in Kobe ten years ago. The 3rd WCDRR will also be the first large-scale multilateral conference for the post-2015 development agenda, and will be a forerunner to the conferences on the Sustainable Development Goals and the UN Climate Change Conventions later this year. An estimated 8000 participants are expected to attend the Inter-governmental and Multi-stakeholder Segments and the Public Forum. Heads of Government, the UN Secretary General and UN Chief Executives, including Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General WHO, will be participating.

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.