Tuesday, November 1, 2016

¬WHO’s new Program on Health Emergencies

As we all may know, WHO is a very well known organization that works with helping during any disease outbreaks or natural disasters. It recently added a new programme that focuses on Health Emergencies and this program will focus in on full risk management, prevention and preparedness. Given that there are around 130 million people that need humanitarian assistance, WHO has decided to respond to the high need by creating a separate program that solely seeks to work with countries and different health partners to prepare for and possibly prevent health emergencies.
            Since its very recent inception, WHO Health Emergencies has already seen significant progress in risk management and coordination for its responses to health outbreaks.  For instance, with the Zika virus outbreak, WHO was able to respond within 10 days and work with 23 agencies to create a strategy to respond to this outbreak in the best way possible.  From caring for those infected to aiming at eliminating the mosquitos, WHO has been working to lower the Zika-infected individuals.
            This Health Emergencies Programme partners with different organizations in order to produce quickest and most effective response. Some of its partners include, but are not limited to: global health centers, emergency medical teams and global outbreak alert and response network. Therefore, it has partners at various levels and that in turn allows for a more effective response because working with different levels allows for the most outreach and help.
            Therefore, this programme is looked at being the start of a great branch within WHO at helping increase the knowledge and response to infectious diseases.

Learn more about WHO Health Emergencies Programme here: http://www.who.int/features/qa/health-emergencies-programme/en/

-Jeanette Rios

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