How does the UN define recovery?
United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction defines recovery as “the restoration, and improvement where appropriate, of facilities, livelihoods and living conditions of disaster-affected communities, including efforts to reduce disaster risk factors”.
After a disaster, humanitarian action should concentrate on bringing essential life-lines to those in need – but it cannot stop there. Response activities should be supplemented from the start by well-informed efforts to identify key elements of social, economic and security systems, and to build them to working condition.
What is WHO’s role?
WHO/Europe’s activities in this area include:
- building health system capacities, including family health, mental health, and emergency medical services;
- establishing early warning systems for communicable diseases and natural disasters;
- developing a health policy framework;
- acting as a technical focal point for public health programmes.