Humanitarian Health Action

Heads of UN humanitarian agencies issue a joint statement on the Syrian Arab Republic crisis

IRIN

23 April 2014 -- The heads of UN humanitarian agencies issued a joint statement on behalf of the millions of people affected by the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. The appeal calls on all parties to the conflict to 1) take urgent action to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all people in need; 2) lift the sieges on civilians; and 3) end the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians.

Conflict and humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

Evaluation mission in Grimari
WHO/Central African Republic
Evaluation mission in Grimari

20 April 2014 -- The humanitarian situation in Grimari is worrying, there are 6500 refugees since 12 April 2014. An interagency needs assessment mission is conducted for the humanitarian needs of the refugees. In the area of Carnot there is a persistent measles epidemic with 105 cases for the first 15 weeks of 2014. A joint WHO, UNICEF and Ministry of Health evaluation mission was conducted for strengthening the preparedness in case of a cholera outbreak in the border areas of Cameroon. Medical supplies 230 000 people for three months and support 31 500 assisted deliveries are on the way.

South Sudan health situation

10 April 2014 -- The third round of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign conducted by Medair started in Tongping on 9 April 2014 and a total of 452 people were vaccinated. HIV/AIDs and TB services have been initiated in UN House in Juba III by IMC, Juba Teaching Hospital, and MSF-B with the support from MoH, WHO and UNAIDS. The Health Cluster has delivered 965 099 medical interventions to internally displaced persons and host populations across the country.

Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea

25 March 2014 - The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou districts. As of 25 March 2014, a total of 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths (case fatality ratio: 69.7%) had been reported. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated.

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