In previous epidemics, rapidly expanding healthcare teams through community health workers (CHWs) has proven to be fundamental to an effective response. During recent Ebola virus disease (EVD) epidemics in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and west Africa, nations like Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and the DRC rapidly hired, trained, and equipped thousands of CHWs from communities affected by or at risk of Ebola.

Les besoins en santé reproductive de 34 millions de femmes et de filles nécessitant une aide humanitaire ne s’arrêtent pas lorsque survient une catastrophe. Les conflits et les catastrophes augmentent les risques pour la santé reproductive, notamment en rendant la grossesse et l’accouchement plus dangereux. C’est une période où de nombreuses femmes souhaitent retarder ou éviter une grossesse

This strategy sets out the direction and role of WHO within the context of the SDGs and WHO’s 13th Programme of Work. It reinforces WHO’s traditional role as a source of authoritative guidelines, technical assistance, and evidence for policy-making. It describes how WHO will increase its impact through introduction of transformational approaches, and tackling new results areas like WASH in health care facilities.