Emergency Response mechanisms, are a part of a comprehensive program of public health emergency preparedness, planning and capacity building provided within the WHO publication: Framework for a Public Health Emergency Operations Centre.
Audience: Those responsible for implementing policy around the emergency response. The policy group should include heads of involved organizations, subject matter experts (including legal counsel and an ethics advisor), government officials, and other executive officers and professionals tasked to provide strategic level leadership.
Such a program includes, but is not limited to:
- Prevention and mitigation of hazards
- Enhancing readiness by planning for and stockpiling response resources
- Establishing related institutional and technical capacities and capabilities (e.g. laboratories, community clinics, and rapid response teams)
- Implementing public health surveillance programs
- Enhancing environmental health programs
- Engaging communities
- Training staff and validating plans