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World Health Organization (WHO)
9 May 2005
Health Action in Crises (WHO/HAC)
Highlights - No 57: Monday, 9 May 2005
Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. The reports usually cover a selection of the situations for which a combined UN system humanitarian appeal has been launched.
The WHO contributions in each situation are provided through a mix of different WHO programmes: the staff involved is drawn from WHO field and country offices, often with support from different departments in WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The remit of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.