WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme begins with experience

June, 2016

Disease outbreaks can occur anywhere, anytime, with consequences that can shatter communities. Emergencies of all kinds – conflict, disasters – can cause lasting damage to people’s health. Today, 130 million people are affected by humanitarian crises across the globe. And they cite health as one of their top concerns.

The health and well-being of people is at the core of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work in emergencies. We provide expertise and evidence-based guidance to governments and partners, as well as leadership of international response to emergencies. We coordinate assistance and deliver medicines, medical supplies and vaccines to people in hard to access areas in the midst of conflict.

As demands to meet emergency health needs increase, WHO’s new Health Emergencies Programme aims to help countries prepare for, prevent, respond to and recover from emergencies quickly, in a more predictable, dependable and accountable way, whether these are caused by disease outbreaks, disasters or conflict.

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