This document can also be found on the official website of WHO at https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/strengthening-health-system-emer...The overall goal of the toolkit is to help countries minimize the impact of future health crises by assessing the capacity of their health systems to respond to various threats and identify gaps. The toolkit does not enter into technical detail, nor is it intended to replace the pre-existing planning process. It is an instrument, which breaks down the complex crisis-preparedness process into manageable units and functions as an aide-memoire. It comprises two parts: (1) the present document (user manual) and (2) the assessment form.This resource is part of the collection "Health system strengthening in Emergency response". Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.