Health as Bridge for Peace (HBP)
The role of physicians and other health workers in the preservation and promotion of peace is the most significant factor for the attainment of health for all" World Health Assembly, Resolution 34.38, 1981
Health as a Bridge for Peace (HBP) is a multidimensional policy and planning framework which supports health workers in delivering health programmes in conflict and post-conflict situations and at the same time contributes to peace-building.
Developing concepts and strategies
The HBP concept is multidimensional and dynamic and does not provide standard formulas and fixed sets of health activities, rather, it tries to enhance the capacity of health professionals to identify and adapt the strategies and actions more suited to a specific scenario.
The HBP concept has to be supported by solid lessons from the field.
Field health personnel in conflict prone or affected countries need knowledge and skills in order to seek out opportunities for peace building.
Networking and advocacy
HBP requires the collaboration of organizations, institutions, individuals of various background.
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Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.
Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities
WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose