In 2012, almost half of all the countries in SSA were burdened by one or more disasters, affecting millions of people, displacing hundreds of thousands, making tens of thousands severely ill and killing thousands. The WHO African Region developed a strategy for Disaster Risk Management (DRM). DRM for health should be multi-sectoral and involving a wide range of partners and stakeholders even outside the health sector, to ensure that health services are not disrupted during a disaster. The African Regional strategy is accompanied by technical documents and tools for facilitating the appropriate implementation of DRM in the Region which are discussed here.
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