WHO in emergencies
25 July 2017 – Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April 2017. WHO and its partners are responding to the outbreak, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. This photo story shows the real people affected by the outbreak.
Over 362 000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen
18 July 2017 – More than 362 000 suspected cholera cases and 1,817 deaths have been reported in Yemen in less than 3 months. UNICEF, WHO and partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak. We are working around the clock to detect and track the spread of disease and to reach people with clean water, adequate sanitation and medical treatment.
End of the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2 July 2017 – Today, WHO declared the end of the most recent outbreak of Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "With the end of this epidemic, DRC has once again proved to the world that we can control the very deadly Ebola virus if we respond early in a coordinated and efficient way,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.
24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
WHO trains Syrian doctors and nurses to provide health care in Turkey
19 June 2017 – More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey – the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. A new law now allows Syrian health professionals to enter the health workforce in Turkey. WHO and the Public Health Institution of Turkey created a training for Syrian health workers living Turkey. This programme focuses on integrating Syrian professionals into the health system and ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care without encountering language or cultural barriers.
WHO responds to health needs of South Sudanese refugees
13 June 2017 - Increasing numbers of South Sudanese men, women and children fleeing conflict and food insecurity are seeking refuge in Sudan, overstretching basic services, including health services. WHO supports national health authorities and works with partners to respond to the needs of these refugees and to ensure they are protected against life-threatening diseases.
Where we work
How we work
Syrian Arab Republic
Ebola in DRC
Post-emergency and recovery
Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
Cholera – Kenya
Dengue fever – Sri Lanka
Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus – China
Cholera – Nigeria
Acute hepatitis E – Nigeria
Meningococcal septicaemia associated with attending a funeral – Liberia