Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO and partners call for greater funding for the regional response to the Syrian crisis

6 July 2015-- “Governments dealing with the fallout of the Syria crisis are under incredible strain to address the health needs of their own people in addition to those of Syrian refugees,” said Chris Maher, manager of WHO’s emergency support team for the Syria crisis, based in Amman, Jordan.

“There is drastic need for increased funding, particularly for the health sector to ensure the continued provision of health services and to build and strengthen national systems so that they are able to cope with the increased burden,” he said.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Ministry of Health, WHO and partners score some victories in responding to cholera outbreak in South Sudan


Juba, 6 July 2015: Mary Wani frantically waves a paper from the hospital bed where she sits, eager to share the exciting news of her recovery and subsequent discharge from the ward with anyone who will listen to her. “I am going home,” she says , adding that she feels very strong. The 58-year-old mother of nine has just been discharged from Juba Teaching Hospital, where she was receiving treatment for cholera. The hospital was the first Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) to be designated in the current outbreak.

Yemen crisis: UN CERF releases urgently needed funds to WHO for life-saving medicines

A WHO shipment carrying more than 20 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies arriving in Sana'a, Yemen, earlier in 2015. (WHO)

26 June 2015 – The World Health Organization’s response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8,021,884 in funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The contribution is the largest allocation of funding from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Better together

25 June 2015 – Efforts to save lives and reduce suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo received a critical boost this week with the launch of a pilot project to strengthen coordination among health partners.

Thanks to a grant of €3 million over three years from the Government of Germany, the World Health Organization is bolstering the existing Health Cluster through the establishment of a dedicated team to coordinate health partners on the ground.

Recent crises

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Health Emergency Highlights

This issue features the health situation and health response to the humanitarian crisis following the earthquake in Nepal, the crisis in Yemen and WHO's new registration system, building a global emergency health workforce.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.