WHO/Europe helps countries in the WHO European Region to prepare for and respond to health emergencies by offering technical guidance, support and coordinating in the field. WHO/Europe also implements the International Health Regulations (IHR) which provides a unique global framework for health security, involving 196 countries worldwide and including all WHO Member States. Under the IHR, countries commit to reporting public health emergencies of international concern and in strengthening their national surveillance, preparedness, and response systems.

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On World Humanitarian Day: Interview with a Syrian doctor

“The secret to a happy life, we were told in medical school, is to do good for others” says Dr Ghassan Sabri Bako, a Syrian doctor, now trained in how to work in the Turkish health system and help fellow Syrians. This adaptation training is one way WHO is contributing to health services for the 1.9 million Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Increased access to a wide range of health care services is needed for the more than 5 million people affected by the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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