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close this book Disaster procedures a manual for PAHO/WHO field offices
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View the document Definition
View the document Responsibilities of the PAHO/WHO representative and the focal POINT
View the document Personnel matters
View the document Procurement of emergency relief supplies
View the document Financing and administrative procedures
View the document Coordination
View the document Directory for emergency situations


The United Nations General Assembly has assigned the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (HA) the responsibility of "Serving as a central focal point with Governments and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations concerning United Nations emergency relief operations and, when appropriate and necessary, mobilizing their emergency relief capacities..." (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 46/182, 14 April 1992). The United Nations coordinator in the country serves as the Representative of the Department of Humanitarian Affairs (HA) .

PAHO/WHO is responsible for coordinating the health component in the Americas.