WHO in the Western Pacific

Health Security and Emergencies

WHO/F. Guerrero

The Western Pacific Region is vulnerable to health security and emergency risks brought about by disease outbreaks, emergencies and disasters. The Division of Health Security and Emergencies (DSE) works with Member States and partners to develop and advance national and regional capacities to deal with health security threats.

The Division is composed of three units: Emerging Disease Surveillance and Response; Disaster Risk Management for Health (DRM); and Food Safety.

Our risk management approach focuses on the core capacities needed to address a wide range of hazards. Our step-by-step approach ensures complete adherence to frameworks of action.

The global mandates of the International Health Regulations (2005), the Health Cluster approach under the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's transformative agenda and the Codex Alimentarius Commission, guide the Division of Health Security and Emergencies' three strategic frameworks: the Asia Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases (2010), the Regional Framework of Action for Disaster Risk Management for Health, and the Western Pacific Regional Food Safety Strategy (2011-2015).

We work closely with Member States, experts and key partners. Through building core capacities, we make optimal use of available resources.

We grow together with our partners. Shared experiences and lessons learnt further drive and intensify our efforts towards the common goal of securing public health in the Region.