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Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters

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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.

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Environmental sanitation in emergencies

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.

Documents available:

- Environmental health in emergencies and disasters: a practical guide


- WHO site on Emergency and Humanitarian Action

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