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Additional expert centres and sources of information

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO disasters web page provides links to descriptions of activities, reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners in the various WHO programmes.

Related WHO sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)    

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC's primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives


Tsunamis can have serious public health consequences. CDC's webpage on tsunamis provides information on those public health issues

Evidence Aid

The Cochrane Collaboration's Evidence Aid resources provide information on healthcare interventions that are relevant to flooding and treating injuries. We will keep these resources under review and will seek to revise and extend them as the situation develops.

Evidence aid also has two additional specific resources:


The Sphere Project is an initiative to define and uphold the standards by which the global community responds to the plight of people affected by disasters, principally through a set of guidelines that are set out in the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (the 'Sphere Handbook'). It was launched in 1997 by a group of humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement. Sphere is based on two core beliefs: that those affected by disaster or conflict have a right to life with dignity and therefore a right to protection and assistance;, and that all possible steps should be taken to alleviate human suffering arising out of disaster and conflict.

WHO Health Action in Crises

Hospitals safe from disasters

Hospitals safe from disasters [external link] is a global campaign to raise awareness about why and how to to protect health facilities and ensure they can function during and following disasters.

Guidance for health sector assessment to support the post disaster recovery process

This document provides guidance to national and international stakeholders involved in the health sector part of the Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA).  It provides an assessment of the financial impact of a disaster on the health sector for example in terms of infrastructure, equipment and furniture, medication, as well as unforeseen expenses, such as increased costs for emergency treatment of injuries, loss of revenues in health facilities and surveillance. This guidance brings together all the elements needed to allow an integrated assessment including the health impact on the population, and the impact on infrastructure, as well as an assessment on the performance of and access to health services and their management by national health authorities.
Guidance for health sector assessment to support the post disaster recovery process [pdf file: external link]