Risk Reduction and Emergency Preparedness
Assessing and monitoring capacities
Global Assessment of National Health Sector Emergency preparedness & response
This survey, arising particularly form WHO resolution WHA59.33, asks member states to assess the status of their health-sector emergency preparedness. It is designed to help inform initiatives to support the development and strengthening of those national strategies.
Assessing and strengthening health systems’ crisis preparedness (EURO)
In preparing for health crises, health systems face high expectations, multiple hazards and limited resources. WHO/Europe works with Member States to strengthen their health systems’ capacities by providing technical assistance to develop and implement crisis preparedness programmes.
Benchmarks, Standards and Indicators for Emergency Preparedness, WHO South-East Asia Region
Benchmarking is a strategic process often used by businesses to evaluate and measure performance in relation to best practices of their sector. WHO and its partners decided to apply the process of setting benchmarks as a novel approach for increasing performance in emergency preparedness and response. At a regional meeting in Bangkok in November 2005, twelve benchmarks on emergency preparedness and response were formulated by all 11 SEAR member countries. The Benchmarks are broad in nature as they reflect the consensus of all 11 countries on the desired performance for improving emergency preparedness and response. The twelve benchmarks fall into the categories of 1) human resource development, training and education; 2) planning; 3) legislation and policy; 4) funding; 5) vulnerability assessment; 6) information systems; 7) surveillance; 8) absorbing and buffering capacities and responses; 9) patient care; and 10) coordination.
Benchmarking Emergency Preparedness (SEARO)
The benchmarks were formulated to set standards for emergency preparedness through a participatory approach and to be applicable to the specific situations in the countries of the Region.
Making hospitals and health facilities safe from disasters is an economic requirement, and also a social, moral and ethical necessity.