All around the world, acutely ill and injured people seek care every day. Frontline providers manage children and adults with medical, surgical and obstetric emergencies, including injuries and infections, heart attacks and strokes, asthma and acute complications of pregnancy. Prioritising an integrated approach to early recognition and resuscitation reduces the impact of all of these conditions.
WHO’s Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care programme is dedicated to strengthening the emergency care systems that serve as the first point of contact with the health system for so much of the world, and to supporting the development of quality, timely emergency care accessible to all.
Dispatches from the field
- Brief video "Emergency care: the essentials"
- Resolution WHA72.16 “Emergency care systems for universal health coverage” (2019)
- Resolution WHA68.15 “Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care and anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage” (2015)
- Resolution WHA60.22 “Health systems: emergency-care systems” (2007)
- Global Alliance for Care of the Injured
- Integrated Management for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (IMEESC) Toolkit