Environmental health in emergencies and disasters
Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere in the world, affecting human health, people’s lives and the infrastructure built to support them. Environmental health problems arising from emergencies and disasters are connected to their effects on the physical, biological and social environment that pose a threat to human health, well-being and survival: shelter, water, sanitation, disease vectors, pollution, etc.
WHO’s work concerns not only effective response to emergencies derived from disasters but also reducing the vulnerability of communities to hazards and increasing their ability to withstand disruption and to recover rapidly.
Recent WSH publications
Operation and maintenance of rural water supply and sanitation systems
Safe disposal of unwanted pharmaceuticals in and after emergencies
Small-scale incinerators for health-care waste
Core questions on drinking-water and sanitation
Meeting the MDG drinking-water and sanitation target