WHO Health Emergencies Programme

When outbreaks, conflicts or disasters endanger lives anywhere in the Western Pacific Region, the WHO Health Emergencies Programme is ready to respond.

However, our work begins long before tragedy strikes.

Through the "Asia-Pacific Strategy for Emerging Diseases and Public Health Emergencies" (APSED III) we are working with countries and partners to help build the capacities required to rapidly detect, respond to and recover from any emergency health threat.

Through the "Western Pacific Regional Framework for Action for Disaster Risk Management for Health", we are working to minimize the health consequences of disasters.

Together, we can save lives, protect health and keep the Region safe.

Areas of work

The WHO Health Emergencies Programme harnesses the capacities of the three levels of WHO: country offices, regional offices and headquarters. In the Western Pacific Region, as elsewhere, the Health Emergencies Programme is organized around the following five areas of work:

Country health emergency preparedness and the International Health Regulations (2005)

Helping countries to strengthen capacities to detect, prevent and respond to health emergencies

Infectious hazards management

Mitigating the risk of high threat diseases and infectious hazards, including pandemic influenza

Health emergency information and risk assessments

Detecting and assessing emergency health threats and informing public health decision-making

Emergency operations

Responding rapidly and effectively to emergencies under a coordinated incident management system

Management and administration

Ensuring WHO's work in emergencies is effectively managed, sustainably financed, adequately staffed, and operationally ready to fulfil its mission


Dr Li Ailan
Regional Emergency Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
Director, Division of Health Security and Emergencies