The World Health Organization (WHO) works closely with Member States, international partners, and local institutions to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies, disasters and crises. WHO, in particular its Health Action in Crises (HAC) cluster, is committed to:
- Saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crises
- Building efficient partnerships for emergency management and ensuring these are properly coordinated
- Advocating for political support and consistent resources for disaster preparedness, response, and recovery
- Developing evidence based guidance for all phases of emergency work in the health sector
- Strengthening capacity and resilience of health systems and countries to mitigate and manage disasters
- Ensuring international capacity is available to support countries for emergency response through training and establishment of surge capacity
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO-AMRO) and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system. PAHO has been working on the Safe Hospitals issue for decades and has been recognized as a world leader on this issue.
The secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) is the UN interagency secretariat with the mandate to coordinate, promote and strengthen disaster risk reduction on a global, regional, national and local level. UNISDR is working towards a world without needless losses from disaster – following a guiding mission to catalyze, facilitate, and advocate for action that will protect lives and livelihoods from the impact of natural hazards. Every two years, UNISDR leads a World Campaign for Disaster Reduction in partnership with another key agency. From 2008-2009 it has partnered with WHO on the campaign to make Hospitals Safe from Disasters.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank was established in 2006 by the World Bank’s Board of Directors, as a longer term partnership under the ISDR system to reduce disaster losses by mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development, particularly upstream country strategies and processes, towards fulfillment of principal goals of the Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA). GFDRR helps developing countries fund development projects and programs that enhance local capacities for disaster prevention and emergency preparedness. GFDRR grants support disaster risk assessments, developing risk mitigation policies and strategies, preparation of disaster prevention projects and additional financing for recovery provided recipient governments demonstrate commitment to disaster prevention.