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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Making the golden hours count: WHO trains Syrian health staff to treat chemical exposure and severe trauma

Muhanad, a surgeon in northern Syria, happened to be visiting his nephew not far from the town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017. During the visit, he was called to a local field hospital that was receiving emergency cases of patients exposed to gas.

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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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