Emergencies

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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World Humanitarian Day: Health workers build new lives serving their fellow citizens far from home

Years of conflict and humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and eastern Ukraine have had a dramatic impact on health systems in these countries, as well as in places like Turkey – now home to millions of Syrian refugees. Health workers are often on the frontline of escalating hostilities, as they strive to continue delivering medical care amid horrific conditions.

Voices of the Region

Ana Kasradze, National Center for Disease Control and Public Health, Georgia, speaks of how the IHR support her daily work, and explains that they have strengthened Georgia’s ability to prepare for and respond to public health threats

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5 things you should know

Video:Responding to international health threats: 5 things you should know

New publication

Protecting health and saving lives in outbreaks and emergencies

The April 2018 issue of WHO/Europe’s Public Health Panorama journal focuses on emergencies