Building Resilience

The scale of some health emergencies will always require an international surge response.

However, the frequency and growing need requires a different approach longer-term – with the humanitarian sector looking to localise response and invest in preparedness. When disasters hit, medical teams in the country affected are able to respond most quickly to save lives and national healthcare workers will provide the long-term care that allows people to rebuild their lives.

Our work seeks to address the current training gap. Increasingly we will look to utilise the expertise of our membership to support training and preparedness of healthcare workers and medical teams in countries at high risk, or suffering the legacy, of disease outbreaks, conflict or natural disasters.

Myanmar is particularly vulnerable to disasters and is regularly exposed to cyclones, floods and earthquakes. We have been supporting partners Humanity & Inclusion and the UK Emergency Medical Team through training.

We’re proud to be part of the READY initiative: a group of organisations that work together to improve and strengthen coordinated responses to infectious disease outbreaks. Our aim is to stop outbreaks before they become global.


We are developing our work supporting the recovery of health systems affected by conflict. In South Sudan, a country that has suffered years of civil war, we deployed specialist NHS professionals to deliver a series of training courses, such as Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care for midwives.