Emergencies and Disasters

PSI represents first responders and frontline workers. These are the people who put their lives at risk in order to protect and save your families. First responders include firefighters and emergency medical technicians, police and other uniformed services. They are also the frontline workers in hospitals and health clinics, in schools, in energy and water utilities; in public transport; in civil administration and in a range of other areas. All of us depend on these people being able to do their jobs, having the right tools and training.

PSI names the 325 health workers killed by Ebola, victims of corporate interests and social injustice

26 November 2014
Rosa Pavanelli

Video message from Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary, naming and honouring the 325 health workers killed by Ebola.

Outcomes of PSI Steering Comittee SC-18

17 November 2014

PSI Steering Committee (SC-18) met in Geneva on 12-13 November 2014.

The agenda covered all items relating to the implementation of the Programme of Action with a special focus on the global campaigns PSI is leading on trade agreements and tax justice.

The Ebola outbreak: a symptom of privatisation and austerity

31 October 2014
Illness observation

PSI and EPSU support the demands of Spanish health unions to upgrade the public sector health system, and create safe working environments against the risks of EVD contagion.

PSI Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Intervention Strategy 2014-16

27 October 2014
Ebola in Guinea

The Ebola crisis in West Africa demonstrates clearly the threat posed to societies as a whole when quality public health systems are absent. The dire consequences of the outbreak must be seen, in general, as symptoms resulting from decades of lack of investments in public sector health systems. PSI's strategy, focussed on a trade union response to the crisis, is available for download.

Solidarity call for aid against impacts of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

23 October 2014
The fight against Ebola in Guinea - Healthworkers in protective equipment

#protecthealthworkers - PSI is calling on all affiliates to donate to the PSI Aid Fund. The funds will be used for the immediate relief and assistance of our members and their families, especially in cases where health workers have died and their families have no access to social protection.

Ebola health workers' training workshop

10 September 2014

On 2 September 2014, the Medical and Health Workers’ Union of Nigeria, a PSI affiliate held a one-day training the trainers’ workshop, together with a formal launch of the WHO Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus Haemorrhagic Fever in Health-Care Settings, with Focus on Ebola in Nigeria (find link below). Brother Ayuba Wabba, National President of the union, addressed the workshop participants.

PSI delegation visits UCLG

08 September 2014
UCLG logo

PSI recently met with the senior staff of United Cities and Local Governments – UCLG – which is a global federation of cities and local governments. The aim of the meeting was to seek areas of common interest. This statement was jointly agreed.