Fourth Public Health Pre-Deployment Course (PHPD5)
16-29 November 2008--Organized by the WHO Cluster for Health Action in Crises (HAC) together with WHO Regional Office for the Americas, and in collaboration with the WHO Mediterranean Centre for Health Risk Reduction (WMC).
Analysing Disrupted Health Systems in Countries in Crisis
20 October - 1 November 2008--The overall objective of the programme is to expand and strengthen the capacity of health professionals in analysing the health systems of countries in crisis, developing adequate response and recovery sector strategies, planning and implementing effective interventions.
10 October, 2008 ¦ ZANZIBAR, TANZANIA -- World Health Organization humanitarian experts from throughout Africa have met here to decide on how best to respond to ongoing and future health emergencies, such as disease outbreaks, flooding and malnutrition.
8 October 2008-- The price we pay for the failure of hospitals or health facilities due to disasters is too high. Recognising this, the UN system is using the annual International Day for Disaster Reduction to advocate for "Hospitals Safe from Disasters." Special attention must be given to ensuring the physical and functional integrity of health hospitals and facilities in emergency conditions.
11 June 2008---The World Health Organization has intensified its humanitarian relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.
These were among the messages discussed on 11 June during the WHO Humanitarian Forum 2008 at its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Representatives from more than 40 countries, United Nations agencies and nongovernmental organizations attended the event.
The price we pay for the failure of hospitals or health facilities due to disasters is too high. In comparison, the cost of making hospitals safe from disasters is tiny. Disaster damage to health systems is a human tragedy, results in huge economic losses, deals devastating blows to development goals, and shakes social confidence. Making hospitals and health facilities safe from disasters is an economic requirement, and also a social, moral and ethical necessity.