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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WHO delivers medical supplies to Syrian hospital

On 12 August 2014, WHO delivered two surgical supply kits to a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, as part of a UN inter-agency convoy from Turkey to Syria. On World Humanitarian Day, 19 August, we celebrate those performing humanitarian work around the world.


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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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