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.


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.