Humanitarian Health Action

Events

2016

International Day for Disaster Reduction (IDDR): 13 October 2016

“Live to Tell” - International Day for Disaster Reduction, held every 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. This year’s target is reducing mortality and “Live to Tell” is the slogan.

World Humanitarian Day 2016

19 August 2016 -- Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the Second World War. As a result of conflict and disaster, more than 130 million people around the world need humanitarian assistance in order to survive. Together, they would form the tenth most populous country on Earth.

International Conference on the Implementation of the Health Aspects of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030

10 - 11 March 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand organized by UNISDR, Thailand government and WHO. The Sendai Framework is relevant to the health sector, as to all sectors which contribute to managing health risks of emergencies and disasters. Health is included in the expected outcome and goal of the Sendai Framework. The Goal of Sendai Framework is to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risks through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen the resilience. Four out of the seven global targets stated in the Sendai Framework are directly related to health, including reducing disaster mortality and the number of affected people, Disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, including health facilities.

Advanced course: Analysing disrupted health sectors in countries in crisis

This two week residential training programme for health professionals is focused on the analysis of health systems of countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crises. Jointly organised by Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Save the Children, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health Emergency Highlights

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Reform of WHO's emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose

EWARS: a simple, robust system to detect disease outbreaks

Disease surveillance, alert and response system in emergencies.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.