Emergency and Humanitarian Action

EHA in the Philippines

The EHA Programme in the WHO Country Office works, in collaboration with the Department of Health - Health Emergency Management Staff (DOH HEMS), by providing technical and material support for major emergencies and disasters.

In times of disasters, WHO acts as Health Cluster co-lead with DOH. It strengthens coordination and collaboration with partner agencies for more effective and efficient response to the needs of the affected communities.

In 2010, WHO collaborated with DOH HEMS in developing SPEED, a tool that strengthens their health emergency information system. SPEED, or Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters, is an early warning disease surveillance tool that is activated after a disaster.

WHO Philippines as Health Cluster Co-Lead

As Health Cluster co-lead with DOH, WHO strengthens coordination and collaboration with partner agencies for more efficient response to emergencies and disasters. It provided technical assistance on SPEED orientation to health staff in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities during its emergency roll in Region X post Sendong in 2011.

In the last quarter of 2009, during the devastation wrought by typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng and Santi (named Ketsana, Parma and Mirinae internationally), EHA promoted intersectoral action to reduce risk and vulnerability to emergencies and disasters.

EHA also provided technical and material support to the Quezon Province flood in 2004, Typhoon Reming in 2006, Guinsaugon Landslide in 2006, Typhoon Frank and the sinking of the ferry Princess of the Stars in 2008.