Environmental Health in Emergencies and Disasters
Mexico, 1/1/1985. WHO/Photo by PAHO
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.
Environmental health in emergencies and disasters: a practical guide
WHO site on Emergency and Humanitarian Action