Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

31 March 2009

A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer uses a megaphone to warn villagers of an imminent cyclone.
IFRC/Yoshi Shimizu
A Bangladesh Red Crescent volunteer uses a megaphone to warn villagers of an imminent cyclone.

WHO is urging governments, health providers, civil society, donors and the public to do what they can to improve emergency preparedness of health facilities. The aim is to ensure that health facilities (hospitals, primary health care centres, small clinics, and other such establishments) can both withstand and continue to operate during and after emergencies like earthquakes, cyclones and conflict.

World Health Day this year is underscoring the importance of investing in health infrastructure that can withstand hazards and serve people in immediate need. The official slogan is "Save lives. Make hospitals safe in emergencies."

The following photo essay illustrates how some countries have implemented systems to strengthen health facilities to make them safe during and after emergencies.

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