Emergencies preparedness, response

Supporting countries to achieve health service resilience

Ebola: Health systems recovery

During the Ebola outbreak of 2014 as the focus of national teams and development partners shifted towards recovery, the importance of on-the-ground access to technical guiding resources became apparent. During times of crisis, knowing what is available to support action is one important part of mobilising the right human and other resources, supplies and logistics. In response to this need, WHO oversaw the development of the Recovery Toolkit. The Toolkit aims to support countries to implement national plans in the aftermath of a public health emergency based upon country and regional experiences in the quest for health service resilience.

I'm confident that this will increase awareness and access among partners and countries of the products/resources available. This awareness can help to achieve high standards, prevent inefficient duplication of effort and wheel reinvention and encourage communication and coordination when it is most needed.

Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative, Liberia

The Recovery Toolkit is a library of guidance resources housed in a single source which can be quickly and easily accessed to guide action. A key purpose of the Recovery Toolkit is to support countries in the reactivation of health services which may have suffered as a result of the emergency. These services, for example, include ongoing programmes such as immunization & vaccinations, maternal and child health services, and noncommunicable diseases. Additionally, because the Toolkit houses core information needed for functioning national health systems, it also supports countries to implement their national health plans during the recovery phase of a public health emergency.

"This important collaborative work has brought a range of technical recovery resources into one place. I'm confident that this will increase awareness and access among partners and countries of the products/resources available. This awareness can help to achieve high standards, prevent inefficient duplication of effort and wheel reinvention and encourage communication and coordination when it is most needed." Alex Gasasira, WHO Representative in Liberia.

WHO is devoted to supporting countries in recovery activities as they work to rebuild their health systems following emergency events. While the WHO Recovery Toolkit is one of many steps forward that WHO has taken, it is a critical tool that can help create and encourage collaboration among all of those involved during public health emergencies.