Humanitarian Health Action


Emergency Health Library Kit

A list of resources to for emergency preparedness and response.


Logistics support system, SUMA, United Nations Joint Logistics Centre.

Tools and references for emergency health management

WHO has developed several tools for supporting Emergency Health Management for WHO staff and operational partners.

First Needs Assessment Reporting Template

When an emergency unfolds, collecting information on the needs of the affected population is a crucial step for quickly orienting the response and mobilizing the resources. The reporting template aims to help with field data gathering and reporting in a quick and standardized way. Simple instructions for collecting the information and completing the situation report can be downloaded as a separate document, as well as the most common reference values useful for interpreting the findings.

The use of epidemiological tools in conflict-affected populations

The Conflict and Health Program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine educational resource on the use of field epidemiology in emergency settings for policy-makers and health practitioners.

Supervising and Monitoring Tools for the management of Acute malnutrition

Technological disaster profiles

Information on terrorism and public health, chemical incidents and ionizing radiation.

Natural disaster profiles

Technical hazard sheets for droughts, earthquakes, floods, landmines, tsunamis, vegetation fires and volcanos.

Relevant papers for complex emergencies

A listing of relevant papers for the public health professional on the subject of complex emergencies.

Standard health kits

Descriptions of the contents of health kits used by WHO/HAC in crises situations.

Myths and realities in disaster situations

This section breaks down some of the myths surrounding emergencies situations by explaining the realities about dead bodies, nutrition, refugees, etc.

Related links

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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