Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Standby Partnerships

WHO holds Standby Partnership Agreements with external partners who provide short-term surge support to WHO’s emergency work. Standby Partners play a key role in strengthening the capacity of WHO and the broader health sector during all aspects of emergencies. These partners maintain deployment rosters of pre-screened and trained candidates who can be rapidly deployed to provide operational support to WHO and the Health Cluster. The Standby Partner covers the core costs of a deployment and manages most administrative requirements. This allows WHO to rapidly and flexibly deliver surge capacity.

Stories from the field

  • Standby partners’ crucial role in emergency response
    February 2018 -- Health emergencies can come with little or no warning. Saving lives and preventing the spread of a disease or the fallout of a natural disaster means getting relief resources onsite quickly. Crucially, this includes skilled and experienced personnel.
  • Saving lives in Fiji with our Standby Partners
    21 July 2016 -- Standby Partner RedR Australia recently deployed Paul Jaskiernak to the WHO office in Fiji following Cyclone Winston. His specialist mapping skills ensured that life-saving medical supplies got to the affected areas faster and in sufficient quantities to meet the needs of the disaster-affected population.
  • Emergency Health Response in Ethiopia
    27 April 2016 -- Failed crops, malnutrition and disease outbreaks are just some of the devastating effects of the El Nino-related drought on Ethiopia. An estimated 1.7 million people are suffering from moderate or severe acute malnutrition and the Ethiopian government estimates that over 10 million people will require humanitarian assistance to cope with the drought in 2016.
  • Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan
    May 2016 -- In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services within a country disrupted by conflict. Since December 2013, conflict has displaced some 2.3 million people, including 1.6 million internally displaced persons.

Standby partners personal stories

Meet some of the skilled and experienced personnel working with WHO as part of Standby partnerships.