Humanitarian Health Action

Gaza conflict - WHO appalled by attacks on health-care facilities in Gaza

28 July 2014 -- Cease-fire attempts fail and violence continues, especially in eastern and northern Gaza. As of 27 July (source: Ministry of Health) 1031 Palestinians are killed and 6233 injured. Mohammed Durra Pediatrics Hospital in Gaza city is damaged and Ben Hanoun Hospital is closed. There are public health issues in overcrowded shelters.

Central African Republic health situation

Bambari before the attack on 7th July 2014. Now the village is completely empty.
WHO/Central African Republic
Bambari before the attack on 7th July 2014. Now the village is completely empty.

20 July 2014 --The security situation in Central African Republic remains volatile and unpredictable. Most humanitarian organizations have significantly reduced their staff in the country including WHO. Two technical staff remains in Central African Republic, one of them was temporarily evacuated to Bangui. There is a need to strengthen the functionality of the hospital in Bimbo to better serve then increasing population of the internally displaced people. The vaccination campaigns in 6 IDP sites in Kanga Bandoro and Bambari are disturbed because of the security constrains.

South Sudan - The cholera outbreak and health situation

A WHO staff member verifies data at a cholera treatment centre at Juba Teaching Hospital
WHO/Pauline Ajello
A WHO staff member verifies data at a cholera treatment centre at Juba Teaching Hospital

25 July 2014 --General security situation remained calm in most parts of the country, with isolated incidents and clashes in Upper Nile, Jonglei and Unity states. No new significant displacements have been reported. Efforts to contain the cholera outbreak continue. Health facilities had recorded 5 141 (CFR 2.2%) cases by 21 July 2014. Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) is the leading cause of morbidity among Internally Displaced People (IDP). The under-five Mortality rate remains below the emergency thresholds across the PoCs . Insecurity affects to the delivery of health services. Health partners have reached 1 844 985 people with medical interventions since January 2014.

Syria crises - People in dire need of humanitarian assistance

The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care
WHO/Aleppo
The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care

7 July 2014 – The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to escalate in the last few months. The past three months have been marked by continuing conflict, with pockets of sustained high-intensity fighting.

Recent crises