Disaster preparedness and response

While disasters are often unpredictable, the harm they cause can be mitigated or partly prevented. Crises can be triggered by sudden catastrophic evens such as earthquakes, complex and continuing emergencies such as a violent conflict, and slow onset processes such as environmental pollution.

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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.

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Data and statistics

298 830 295 dollars have been lost in economic damage due to natural and man-made disasters and emergencies, not including conflicts and complex emergencies, in the WHO European Region between 1990-2011

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