The World Health Organization Global Health Emergency Workforce: What Role Will the United States Play?

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During the May 2016 World Health Assembly of 194 member states, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the process of developing and launching emergency medical teams as a critical component of the global health workforce concept. Over 64 countries have either launched or are in the development stages of vetting accredited teams, both international and national, to provide surge support to national health systems through WHO Regional Organizations and the delivery of emergency clinical care to sudden-onset disasters and outbreak-affected populations. To date, the United States has not yet committed to adopting the emergency medical team concept in funding and registering an international field hospital level team. This article discusses future options available for health-related nongovernmental organizations and the required educational and training requirements for health care provider accreditation. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2016;page 1 of 5)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jul 1 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • disaster medicine
  • emergency medical teams
  • Global Health Emergency Workforce
  • humanitarian assistance
  • Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • World Health Organization (WHO)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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