WHO Unveils Disaster Response Register

The world’s first global register for disaster-response teams has been unveiled by World Health Organization (WHO).

The registry will build a global roster of foreign medical response teams ready for emergency deployment. WHO says it wants to avoid the chaos caused by many volunteers arriving in crisis-hit countries.

The registry sets standards for international health workers, allowing teams to outline their services and skills, WHO said in an April 9 statement. The aim is to provide countries in need of emergency help with appropriate teams.

This follows lessons learned during previous emergency responses, including the West African Ebola outbreak, for which WHO coordinated 60 foreign medical teams from 40 organizations.

Source : The Observer