WHO in South-East Asia

Health Security and Emergency Response (HSE)

Department Profile

The WHO South-East Asia Region is highly vulnerable to humanitarian disasters as well as disease outbreaks, with public health and socio-economic impacts that countries can ill afford. The Health Security and Emergency Response (HSE) department supports countries in the Region to build capacities for prevention, preparedness, response and recovery to public health emergencies. The goal of the department is to provide efficient, integrated, responsive support to all Member States in the Region based on global best practice and evidence.

Myanmar Floods - WHO releases emergency funds

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected. WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response. Many health facilities are inundated and patients are being evacuated to safer grounds. Floods, flash floods and landslides have damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure. The Ministry of Health, WHO and other health partners are working in close coordination to support relief work. WHO Staff are supporting emergency response together with the State Health Departments.

# Leaders4Health Series - Episode 2

Watch a discussion with the Health Minister of Nepal, H. E. Dr Khaga Raj Adhikari, the Health Minister of Maldives, H. E. Ms Iruthisham Adam, and Dr Roderico Ofrin, Director of Health Security and Emergency Response, WHO-SEARO.