Health Emergencies

PAHO in the field

PAHO’s Work in Health Emergencies

The objective of the Pan American Health Organization’s work in health emergencies is to increase the health sector’s resilience to emergencies and disasters.

PAHO assists its Member States to strengthen their health sector’s capacities in the area of prevention, risk reduction, preparedness, surveillance, response to and early recovery from emergencies and disasters related to any hazards (natural, man-made, biological, chemical, radiological and others).

When national capacities are overwhelmed, PAHO supports countries to lead and coordinate the international health response to contain disasters, including outbreaks, and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.

PAHO/WHO’s work in health emergencies is articulated according to six main areas of work:

  • Infectious Hazard Management (IHM);
  • Country health emergency preparedness and the International Health Regulations (CPI);
  • Health Emergency Information and Risk Assessment (HIM);
  • Emergency Operations (EMO);
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and Special Projects (DRR);
  • Emergency Core Services (HEO).

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