Public Health Situation Analysis: El Niño, Global Climate Event
This Public Health Situation Analysis (PHSA) identifies the current and potential health impacts that vulnerable populations may face as a result of the global El Niño climate event, and describes health systems’ capacities to respond.
This document is intended for all health sector partners, including local and national authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies and United Nations agencies. It provides a common and comprehensive understanding of the crisis in order to inform health response planning. It is based on key documents and research products from members of the Worth Health Organization, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), other UN organizations, NGOs, and research institutes.
The ongoing El Niño is highly likely to have wide-ranging health implications on a global scale. In the coming months, the most severe health threats are likely to arise from malnutrition due to ongoing food insecurity compounded by the effects of El Niño. Detailed information on key health threats and at-risk countries is presented throughout the document. WHO acts as part of a UN-wide coordination and monitoring mechanism for El Niño, and supports countries through programmatic work to address key health threats, and via direct support to countries.
All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the data, but this should not be considered a formal reference document of the World Health Organization.