Disaster Risk Management for Health

Minimizing health impact of emergencies and disasters

Our Region is highly susceptible to disasters, especially those caused by natural hazards, as recently evidenced by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and flooding in Solomon Islands. Such events highlight the need to shift to a disaster risk management (DRM) approach that encompasses four phases: prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Our DRM for Health (DRM-H) approach requires collaboration among sectors. At the subnational level, DRM-H is tailored to local contexts. This approach emphasizes the active and central role of health sectors in effectively managing disaster risks and minimizing their impacts.


WHO is coordinating response efforts with Vanuatu's Ministry of Health and other humanitarian partners to bring much-needed health support to the Pacific island country, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam. The cyclone ravaged Vanuatu on 13–14 March with winds of more than 250 kilometres/hour.

Contact us

Disaster Risk Management for Health
Regional Office for the Western Pacific
World Health Organization
P.O. Box 2932
1000 Manila
Telephone: (+63 2) 528 8001
Fax: (+63 2) 521 1036 or 526 0279