The aim of this work package is to develop actions to promote resilience and reduce health risks associated to flooding, based on the work carried out by WHO Regional Office for Europe and other international networks. Therefore, the work includes identification of knowledge gaps and data collection on flooding in participating countries; evaluation of the health impacts of flooding events, and identification of populations at risk.
Specific tasks are:
- To define health indicators, criteria and procedures to monitor the health effects of floods;
- To develop and define a group of experts on the health effects of flooding (to provide advice on protecting communities' health);
- To set up specific guidelines on preparedness for and response to the impacts of floods; and
- To evaluate the effectiveness and performance of existing emergency planning and guidance based on case studies.
Tools and guidance for creating resilience to the health impacts of flooding, including evidence on the health risks/benefits of flood structures