Health Action

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What is new

All standards have now been updated following extensive practitioner review. 

The Health Systems section was thoroughly reviewed and updated.

The Chapter introduction outlines the right to health services in crises, the impacts of crises on health, and corresponding health interventions and key protection concerns when planning and implementing health-related programmes.

The Communicable disease standards have been expanded to address disease surveillance and reporting systems that provide early outbreak detection.

The HIV standard addresses both prevention and treatment. It is included in the Sexual and Reproductive Health section.

The Palliative Care standard was further reviewed and linked with the Non-Communicable Diseases standard.



As in the first consultation round, Draft 2 is only available in English. However, feedback and inputs are welcome in Arabic, French, and Spanish as well.

The deadline for feedback is Monday 6 November 2017.

There are three options to provide feedback on Draft 2:

1. Complete the online form and comment on any part of the text
An online form (also downloadable as a Word document to be sent to allows comments on any aspect of the Handbook in detail. Make a suggestion on a specific standard, section, cross-cutting theme, or the Handbook as a whole.


2. Take a survey: how can we make the standards even more usable? 
After reading the text, an online survey provides the opportunity to give more general feedback on the chapters and the Handbook as a whole. How can it be made more usable? Have we missed key issues? Is there additional evidence that supports the standards?

3. Host a consultation or participate in one
An in-person consultation at the local, regional or global level gives you an opportunity to discuss the draft with other practitioners and provide feedback as a group. A toolkit for consultation organizers is available on the Sphere website.

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Health Action (PDF, 615 kb)