Humanitarian Health Action

Interagency meetings - November 2010

Monthly Highlights

WHO will host the IASC Principals meeting in Geneva on 15 December and together with IOM, it will host the 79th IASC WG meeting in Cairo from 15-17 March 2011.

The 78th IASC WG will take place in Rome from 10-13 November.

Translations of the IASC guidance on humanitarian action and older persons in Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish are now available online. The translations were funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The French translation was lead by HelpAge International (HAI). WHO and HAI drew up this guidance in collaboration with the IASC and global cluster lead agencies.

The IASC Gender e-learning course Different needs, equal opportunities: increasing effectiveness of humanitarian action for women, girls, boys, and men, developed by the IASC Sub-Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action focuses on core gender issues and how these relate to all aspects of humanitarian response. WHO and Global Health Cluster partners provided quality control of the health chapter. WHO is committed to providing this course to its staff and partners. It is available to WHO staff through the internal WHO learning portal. The Global Health Cluster agreed to recommend the e-training to all partners and be included in the standard GHC training curriculum. WHO and the International Rescue Committee co-chair the IASC gender e-learning Advisory Committee.

The IASC guidelines for addressing HIV in humanitarian settings (March 2010) are now available online and in hard copy. The guidelines have been updated to take into account:

  • improvements in humanitarian coordination;
  • the growing understanding that antiretroviral therapy can be provided in low-resource settings, including in conflict zones;
  • how quality HIV programming can be achieved when resources and personnel are pooled; and
  • a shared concern that an understanding of all the facets of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, and of the relevant human rights considerations, is an essential part of preparedness for humanitarian crises.

The guidelines were developed by the IASC Taskforce on HIV in Humanitarian Settings, co-chaired by WHO/HAC and World Vision International.