Emergency and humanitarian action


Ten Years after the Tsunami of 2004

Impact, Action, Change, Future

World Health Organization

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 80
Publication date: 2015
Languages: English


The day of 26 December 2004 will be forever etched in history and people's minds, especialy of relatives and friends of the 227 000 who perished, the large majority of whom were from the five most affected countries in this Region - Indonesia, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Thailand. From a public health perspective, the tsunami of 2004 was a reminder that health is a critical component of any action towards prevention, preparedness, response or recovery from any emergency - the importance of this could not to be ignored or forgotten.

This book, apart from recounting the events, and the response of thousands of humanitarian and public health professionals, summarizes and analyses the impact of the tsunami and the change it generated at the international, regional, national and even community levels. Although systems did improve post the devastating Tsunami, there is much more to be done, especially in the area of risk reduction. The emphasis is on investments for disaster prevention, especially in the heatlh sector, and covers other events such as pandemics.