First Global Register for Disaster Response Teams

Created on Wednesday, 15 April 2015

The world’s first global register for disaster response teams was unveiled early in April. The register will be run by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and will act as an intermediary between larger organisations, hospitals, military and the victims of disasters in various parts of the world. That way the register will seek to cut down on the time between when the disaster occurs and when the response teams arrive in the area.

All foreign emergency teams will be registered online to ensure that emergency alerts and responses can be better managed in the future. The WHO expects that around 150 relief agencies will sign up in the coming year, with a further 400 response team joining the database later on. Under the new system, only these pre-registered teams will be allowed into countries where help is needed.

More information is available here.