Humanitarian Health Action

Proceedings from the WHO Conference on the Health Aspects of the Tsunami Disaster in Asia

Phuket, Thailand, 4-6 May 2005

A commitment to act

55. Participants agreed on the need not just to observe and analyse past events but also to learn and apply results as quickly as possible. The WHO secretariat is committed to take account of the results of this conference as it continues to support Member States and health programmes to work more effectively for vulnerability reduction and disaster preparedness, relief, and recovery in both Asian tsunami-affected communities, and wherever they are at risk of disasters and crises. WHO's support will be provided through its country and regional offices, collaborating centres and headquarters departments. WHO proposes to report to conference participants – within six months – on ways in which the outcomes of this conference are being taken into account at both national and international levels, particularly in the areas where specific action has been urgently requested.