World Health Organization (WHO)

Health and hospital safety

The health and lives of millions of people are regularly threatened by hazards. Disasters are considered, first and foremost, in terms of their health consequences, for example:


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About WHO

WHO has supported HFA implementation by helping assess and develop national capacities in all-hazard emergency and disaster risk management for health, and strengthening the resilience and continuity of health services before, during and after emergencies. WHO is active in global surveillance and monitoring potential threats to health, particularly from biological, natural and technological (e.g. chemical and radiological hazards) sources to enable early detection and warning to prompt action by the public, health workers and other sectors.

WHO supports governments and learning institutions to develop programmes that strengthen the skills of professionals in health and other sectors to manage health risks of disasters. WHO helps national Safe Hospital activities make hospitals safer, prepared and operational for emergencies, and apply the Hospital Safety Index tool.

The WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, strengthens national capacities on urbanization, ageing, innovation and disaster risk management as drivers of health outcomes.

WHO supports response and recovery planning, training, surveillance systems, pre-positioning of health supplies, surge capacity development, and exercises for health care professionals and other emergency service personnel, including by implementing the International Health Regulations (2005).