Humanitarian Health Action

Global Health Cluster

The Global Health Cluster (GHC), under the leadership of the World Health Organization, is made up of more than 40 international humanitarian health organizations that have been working together to build partnerships and mutual understanding and to develop common approaches to humanitarian health action.


Global Health Cluster at the World Humanitarian Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, 23 May 2016

The GHC Coordinator and partners participated in the Special Session on Global Health of the World Humanitarian Summit that was held on 23 May. Partners consulted and prepared a statement to be submitted for this session. Whilst this was an excellent opportunity to present GHC perspectives, the more important discussion will take place after the Summit and this will be a main agenda item in the next Partner Meeting.

Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan

In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services to 2.5 million people within a country disrupted by conflict. This photo story illustrates how WHO works with Health Cluster partners to provide health services.

Partner Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-10 December 2015

The GHC Partner Meeting was held on 9-10 December 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. This was an unprecedented opportunity to discuss what priorities the Global Health Cluster would focus on in the next years, and how the partnership could be strengthened within the new context set by the WHO reform. Partners also came together to contribute to the operational planning for 2016, based on review of progress of 2015 workplan.

Health Cluster Coordinator Training, Divonne-Les-Bains, France, 14-20 September 2015

The new training package is articulated around the Humanitarian Program Cycle, and aims to strengthen the capacity and skills of participants to coordinate effective, efficient and timely humanitarian health response in countries affected by sudden-onset and protracted emergencies.

Reform of WHO’s Work in Outbreaks and Emergencies with Health and Humanitarian Consequences

WHO’s emergency reform aims to strengthen and consolidate the Organization’s capacities to respond and prepare for all manner of crises that impact on people’s health and disrupt the delivery of health care services.

Partner Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland, 17-19 June 2015

The Partner Meeting is the representative body of the Cluster. It reviews the reports and activities of the GHC partners, the Strategic Advisory Group and the GHC Unit at WHO and, where appropriate and required, endorses them. Partners meet face-to-face twice a year.

Health Cluster response to the Nepal earthquake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on 25 April (11:56 local time) creating large scale damage and many casualties. In view of the magnitude of the disaster and the support needed for life-saving interventions, the Health Cluster was activated in collaboration between the Ministry of Health and WHO, to coordinate the humanitarian health response at national and subnational level in the heavily affected areas.

2015 Partners' Capacity Survey

The aim of the survey is to develop a clear understanding of the current resources and capabilities that GHC partners can offer in response to emergencies with public health consequences; how these are distributed across the 6 WHO regions; where the gaps lie and what barriers exist to rapid mobilization. Partners will submit their feedback by 18 May 2015 and the Global Health Cluster Unit will analyse and collate the results to be presented during the Partner Meeting in June 2015.

Health Cluster Forum, Hammamet, Tunisia, 23-27 March 2015

The Health Cluster Forum aims to update Health Cluster Coordinators (HCCs) on recent strategic and technical developments, to provide a forum to share lessons learned and good practices, to conduct an evaluation of the technical support provided to Country Health Clusters, and to strengthen the linkages between the Global Health Cluster and Country Health Clusters. 20 Health Cluster Coordinators from all 6 WHO Regions attended this year edition of the Forum.