Health response to the earthquakes in Van Province, Turkey, 2011



In cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Turkey and the WHO Country Office, Turkey, the WHO Regional Office for Europe gathered a team of four national and three international experts in disaster management to investigate and prepare a report on the health response to the earthquakes experienced in Van Province, Turkey, on 23 October and 9 November 2011. Site visits to the cities of Erciş and Van and interviews with representatives of key stakeholder institutions were conducted on 13-16 February 2012.

This report was prepared using the template for reporting on health crises and critical events, which was developed within the project, "Support to health security, preparedness planning and crises management in European Union, EU accession and neighbouring (ENP) countries", launched by WHO in 2008 with the support of European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Consumers.