Environmental health in emergencies and disasters
Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere in the world, affecting human health, people’s lives and the infrastructure built to support them. Environmental health problems arising from emergencies and disasters are connected to their effects on the physical, biological and social environment that pose a threat to human health, well-being and survival: shelter, water, sanitation, disease vectors, pollution, etc.
WHO’s work concerns not only effective response to emergencies derived from disasters but also reducing the vulnerability of communities to hazards and increasing their ability to withstand disruption and to recover rapidly.
Recent WSH publications
Water, sanitation and hygiene in health care facilities
Technical Brief on Boil Water
Preventing diarrhoea through better water, sanitation and hygiene: exposures and impacts in low-and middle-income countries
UN-water global analysis and assessment of sanitation and drinking-water (GLAAS) 2014 - report
Safe management of wastes from health-care activities
Water Safety in Distribution Systems