Emergency and humanitarian action

WHO South-East Asia Regional and Country Offices Emergency Readiness Training - Module II 12–14 December 2017, New Delhi, India


The goal of the WHO health emergencies programme is to ensure all countries and partners are prepared for, and can prevent, detect and respond to health emergencies to reduce the mortality and morbidity of affected populations. This programme also aims to strengthen WHO’s own capacity to manage risks and respond to emergencies in a timely, predictable, efficient and effective manner.

Readiness refers to the capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters in a timely and effective manner. It is based on a common corporate approach and procedures for responding to such events for all hazards and at the various levels of the Organization. All offices of WHO need to ensure that before emergencies and disasters occur, they have the appropriate resources, systems, policies, procedures and capacities in place to ensure that they can undertake predictable and effective operations in support of Ministries of Health and health partners and as part of the UN country teams.

Nobody expects an emergency, especially one that affects them, their employees and their business. Yet the simple truth is that emergencies and disasters may strike anyone, anytime and anywhere.

The implementation of readiness, including the development and maintenance of up-to-date risk assessments, contingency plans (CP) for specific risk scenarios and a business continuity plan (BCP), is a minimum requirement of every WCO.

As part of the emergency reform and the establishment of the new WHO Health Emergencies Programme (WHE), SEARO seeks to further strengthen capacity in the region to respond to emergencies from all hazards.

General Objectives

The training will support organizational operational readiness activities of WCOs. The second module of readiness training will train participants on WHO’s guiding principles on response to outbreaks and emergencies and prepare them to effectively perform as per WHO’s commitment to Member States. The training will cover emergency operational readiness planning including development of contingency plans (CP) and business continuity plans (BCP).

Specific Objectives

At the end of the training, the participant should be able to:
1.Assess the status of readiness of his/her respective office
2.Review progress of learning from previous readiness training
3.Develop a Business Continuity Plan
4.Develop a Contingency Plan