SEA/RC65/9 - Role of WHO in managing emergencies
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AbstractThis agenda item related to emergencies was discussed in two parts. The first part relates to the World Health Assembly resolution WHA65.20 on WHO’s response and role as the health cluster lead in meeting the growing demands of health in humanitarian emergencies, while the second part deals with the utilization of the South-East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF) as a follow-up to the Regional Committee resolution (SEA/RC/60/R7) adopted by it at its Sixtieth session. The new World Health Assembly resolution on emergencies confirms the commitments of Member States to: (i) strengthen and integrate risk management capacities into the health sector; (ii) build capacities in this area of work across various phases of risk reduction, preparedness, response and recovery; and (iii) coordinate with other sectors. It also describes WHO’s work as the health cluster lead and its commitments for better response through a new emergency response framework. SEARHEF was established through Regional Committee resolution SEA/RC60/R7. As per the fund’s policies and guidelines, a working group was established to oversee the management of the fund. The working group comprised representatives nominated by all 11 Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region. The fund’s resources have been successfully managed and utilized in respect of 13 emergencies since it was made operational in January 2008. These include emergencies that were either small in magnitude or chronic or insidious at onset. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting held in the Regional Office in New Delhi from 3 to 5 July 2012 reviewed the working paper and made the following recommendations: On the World Health Assembly Resolution WHA65.20 Actions by Member States To support capacity building and efforts aimed at integrating emergency risk management into the health sector. To coordinate with relevant sectors outside the health sector, to further support health interventions to reduce, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Action by WHO-SEARO To provide technical and operational support to Member States to integrate risk management capacities into the health sector in line with the recommendations of the World Health Assembly resolution and discussions held at the recent regional meeting on disaster risk management in the health sector, held in Bangkok, Thailand (June 2012). On SEARHEF Action by Member States To support mobilization of additional resources for SEARHEF. Action by WHO-SEARO To provide support to SEARHEF as the Secretariat of the fund and implement the recommendations made by the SEARHEF Working Group. The working paper and the HLP meeting recommendations are submitted to the Sixty fifth Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization. Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). SEA/RC65/9 - Role of WHO in managing emergencies. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128306