Health Action in Crises publications
Global assessment of national health sector emergency preparedness & response
The Fifty-Eight World Health Assembly urged WHO to increase its role in risk reduction and emergency preparedness in the health sector. This prompted an Expert Consultation on Emergency Preparedness in February 2006 which proposed a global survey to assess and monitor the status of emergency health preparedness and response in Member States.
The resulting Global Assessment of National Health Sector Emergency Preparedness and Response is intended to inform strategies for assisting Member States in developing and strengthening national approaches to health emergency preparedness and response.
Risk reduction and emergency preparedness
WHO six-year strategy for the health sector and community capacity development.
This strategy is based on the recommendations of a global consultation held by WHO in February 2006 that brought together experts in emergency preparedness and response from around the world. The consultation was followed by several important activities to discuss the various components of the strategy and to reach consensus on the objectives and key strategic directions.
Mass casualty management systems
Strategies and guidelines for building health sector capacity.
These Guidelines address management and policy issues that relate to the mass casualty management systems and how they fi t within the broader topic of emergency preparedness.
Integrating Emergency Preparedness and Response into Undergraduate Nursing Curricula
WHO initiated the process of reviewing and upgrading the contribution of
nursing and midwifery in emergencies through organizing a global consultation in collaboration
with the International Council of Nursing, in November 2006. Among other things the global
consultation recommended that Member States should include emergency nursing in pre-service
nursing curricula, develop continuing education programmes to build the capacity of nurses
and midwives in emergency preparedness, response and mitigation and adopt the set of core
competencies for nurses in emergency and disaster preparedness and use it for developing educational
programmes in disaster nursing.
The aim of this document is to identify key competencies, domains and implementation strategies for the integration of emergency preparedness and response into nursing and midwifery curricula.