The WHO Emergency Public Dashboard is an interactiveweb-based application. It provides a snapshot of events and emergencies being responded to by WHO worldwide. It also includes information available to the public through official websites like WHO or Ministry of Health websites relating to public health emergencies.

The dashboard can be found here:

What is an emergency?

An emergency is a situation or event that poses immediate risk to health, life, property or environment and demands decision and follow-up in terms of extra measures and response.

What is an event?

An “event” is a manifestation of disease or an occurrence that creates a potential for disease. An event can be of an infectious origin (whether transmitted by persons, vectors, animals, goods/food or through the environment); disasters (both natural and manmade); and chemical, radiological or nuclear origin. An “event” can also be of unknown origin.

What is a hazard?

A hazard refers to a possible threat of source of exposure to injury, harm or loss, e.g. conflict, natural phenomena (Inter-Agency Contingency Planning Guidelines for Humanitarian Assistance 2001).


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