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WHO AFRO weekly bulletin

World Health Organization (WHO), (2017)

Weekly bulletins on outbreaks and other emergencies in the WHO Africa Region.

UN-Spider Knowledge Portal: Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs , (2017)

Space-based information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response: The "United Nations Platform for Disaster Management and Emergency Response" was established by the United Nations General Assembly through its resolution 61/110 of 14 December 2006. In its resolution, the General Assembly agreed to give the acronym UN-SPIDER to this programme. UN-SPIDER is implemented through the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (OOSA).

Disease Outbreak News (DONs)

World Health Organization (WHO), (2018)

The latest disease outbreaks around the world notified to the World Health Organization.

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS)

Eds.: United Nations and the European Commission, (2014)

GDACS is a cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide to improve alerts, information exchange and coordination in the first phase after major sudden-onset disasters.

Global Risk Data Platform

Eds.: UNEP/UNISDR, (2013)

The PREVIEW Global Risk Data Platform is a multiple agencies effort to share spatial data information on global risk from natural hazards. Users can visualise, download or extract data on past hazardous events, human & economical hazard exposure and risk from natural hazards. It covers tropical cyclones and related storm surges, drought, earthquakes, biomass fires, floods, landslides, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. The collection of data is made via a wide range of partners (see About for data sources). This was developed as a support to the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) and replace the previous PREVIEW platform already available since 2000. Many improvements were made on the data and on the application.

EM-DAT The International Disaster Database

Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters - CRED, (2009)

In 1988, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) launched the Emergency Events Database (EM-DAT). EM-DAT was created with the initial support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Belgian Government. The main objective of the database is to serve the purposes of humanitarian action at national and international levels. The initiative aims to rationalise decision making for disaster preparedness, as well as provide an objective base for vulnerability assessment and priority setting. EM-DAT contains essential core data on the occurrence and effects of over 22,000 mass disasters in the world from 1900 to the present day. The database is compiled from various sources, including UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, insurance companies, research institutes and press agencies.

Learning from experience: a summarised review of early warning systems

World Vision, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, (2016)

With the increase in frequency of disasters, there is a need to improve early warning systems (EWS) for EA to reduce the risks faced by children and their families. As a consequence, the term early warning, early action (EWEA) has become increasingly common among those responding to slow-onset disasters.


Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, (2016)

As an online disaster risk visualization tool, ThinkHazard! aims to provide users with information to make risk-informed choices. This is the first platform of its kind, allowing anyone to quickly find information on 8 different types of hazards in their search area. All information is open source and users are able to download all information freely.


Computational Epidemiology Group, Boston Children's Hospital, (2015)

Global Health, Local Information. The freely available Web site '' and mobile app 'Outbreaks Near Me' deliver real-time intelligence on a broad range of emerging infectious diseases for a diverse audience including libraries, local health departments, governments, and international travelers. HealthMap brings together disparate data sources, including online news aggregators, eyewitness reports, expert-curated discussions and validated official reports, to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health.


DG Joint Research Centre, Eds.: EFSA; ECDC, (2015)

Recent Disease Incidents, Alert Statistics, etc.

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