How Evidence Can Improve Urban Health Emergency Preparedness

How Evidence Can Improve Urban Health Emergency Preparedness
Banner webinar How Evidence Can Improve Urban Health Emergency Preparedness

Join us for the webinar 'How Evidence Can Improve Urban Health Emergency Preparedness', co-organized by Evidence Aid, the Department of Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH), and the Department of Health Emergencies (PHE) at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

PAHO and Evidence Aid have been working in partnership to produce a collection of evidence summaries to support decision-making related to the preparedness, response and recovery of health systems to emergencies and disasters. This will help to sustain and protect public health gains and support the concept of resilient health systems. This webinar focuses on the way in which evidence can support decision-making during health emergencies in urban settings and aims to promote the use of the Resilient Health Systems evidence collection to support decision-making.



The preparedness of urban settings is vital for prevention, response, and recovery before, during, and after health emergencies and disasters. As highlighted in the WHO Framework for Strengthening Health Emergency Preparedness in Cities and Urban Settings, reliable evidence is key to strengthening health emergency preparedness. Such evidence can guide efforts to improve preparedness and health system resilience, and be used to monitor impact and assess the effects of response measures.


- Identification of ways that the preparedness of urban settings and resilient health systems can be improved through evidence-based decision-making.

- Increased awareness of available resources to support decision-making in urban health emergency preparedness.

- Introduction to, and promotion of the Resilient Health Systems evidence collection.

 How to participate

DATE: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

TIME: 10:30 AM (EDT) 

LANGUAGES: Simultaneous interpretation in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and international sign language.

REGISTRATION: Zoom registration link 

This webinar is targeted towards national emergency response coordinators, PAHO personnel, policymakers, and researchers.


Moderator: Mike Clarke

10:30 - 10:35
Welcome by Alex Camacho, Health Emergencies and Disaster Risk Management Advisor at PAHO

10:35 - 10.40
Opening Remarks by Ciro Ugarte, Director of Health Emergencies at PAHO

10:40 - 10.45
Introduction to Evidence Aid and RHS collection by Mike Clarke, Research Director at Evidence Aid

10:45 - 11:15 
Panel discussion – Using to-the-point evidence summaries to inform urban health emergency preparedness and response

Keynote speakers:

  • Dalia Samhouri, Regional Manager, Emergency Preparedness and International Health Regulations at WHO EMRO

  • Monica Schoch-Spana, Senior Scholar at Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

  • Ludy Suryantoro, External Relations Manager at WHO

11:15 - 11:25 
Questions and answers with panelists

11:25 - 11:30
Closing remarks by Sebastian García Saiso, Director for Evidence and Intelligence for Action in Health (EIH) at PAHO/WHO