Humanitarian Health Action

Technical Guidelines - Emergency Management Essentials

  • Reporting template
    When an emergency unfolds, collecting information on the needs of the affected population is a crucial step for quickly orienting the response and mobilizing the resources.

    The reporting template aims to help with field data gathering and reporting in a quick and standardized way. Simple instructions for collecting the information and completing the situation report can be downloaded as a separate document, as well as the most common reference values useful for interpreting the findings.

  • Myths & realities
    This section breaks down some of the myths surrounding emergencies situations by explaining the realities about dead bodies, nutrition, refugees, etc.

  • Technological disaster information
    Information on terrorism and public health, chemical incidents and ionizing radiation.

  • Natural disaster profiles
    Technical hazard sheets for droughts, earthquakes, floods, landmines, tsunamis, vegetation fires and volcanos.

  • Relevant papers for complex emergencies
    A listing of relevant papers for the public health professional on the subject of complex emergencies.
  • Standard Health Kit descriptions
    Descriptions of the contents of health kits used by WHO/HAC in crises situations.
  • Travelers' health
    Web site for WHO International Travel and Health

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.