Humanitarian Health Action

Global Health Cluster meeting of partners, Geneva, 14 - 15 December 2011

The Biannual Global Health Cluster Meeting was hosted by WHO on the 13th – 14th December 2011 in Geneva. As the previous Strategic Framework and Work-plan (2009-2011) was coming to an end, December’s meeting was an opportunity to tackle different challenges affecting the work of the Health Cluster at country and global level, and build on the identified challenges to draft the strategy and the work-plan for 2012-2013.

Also, in light of the new WHO agenda of reform (e.g. increase country effectiveness, subsidiarity, comparative advantages); as well as the UN humanitarian reform agenda (improve leadership, speed, accountability, preparedness); and the financial vulnerability at this time of crisis, WHO has proceeded with the restructuration of the humanitarian wing of its work. This reform has resulted in the inception of the Emergency Risk Management and Response department ERM that replaced the former Health Action in Crisis Cluster.

The Assistant Director General, Dr Bruce Aylward attended part of the meeting and introduced the New Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Framework, and provided an insight on the transition from HAC Cluster to the new ERM Department and its consequences on the work of the GHC.

As listed above the meeting was an opportunity to finalize the strategic framework and the work-plan for 2012-2013, with the focus on the following chapters:

  • Surge Capacity for acute emergencies
  • Leadership, coordination and accountability
  • Preparedness and readiness
  • Information Management systems

Challenges and opportunities at Country Cluster level

Health Cluster challenges in the Horn of Africa crisis

Challenges and opportunities at the Global Health Cluster level

Guidelines for research and evaluation of the Global Health Cluster

Global Health Cluster evaluation

Challenges and opportunities at the global level

Inter-cluster coordination challenges

The new Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Framework

Strategic Framework (2012 - 2013)

Leadership, coordination and accountability

Preparedness and readiness

Surge capacity for acute emergencies

Information systems

Annex

Please note that for presentations that were delivered without an accompanying slide show, the information discussed can be found in the meeting minutes (soon to be published).

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