Food security and livelihoods

To save lives and alleviate suffering in humanitarian emergencies, one of the top priorities is to maintain the health of the population, hence ensuring sufficient access to essential treatment and services. More than an absence of illness, health is defined by the World Health Organization as "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being," which requires attention to the protection and dignity of the individual. The challenge in crisis situations is to deliver a proper range of services (and maintain existing ones), from preventative and primary care to outbreak/epidemic response to secondary/tertiary treatment. Health programming is inextricably linked to that of Nutrition, Food Security, WASH, Protection and Mental Health.
Team assessing crops
Photo: European Union/ECHO/Melaku Asefa

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