Humanitarian Health Action

Pakistan media and news releases


WHO Director General Dr Chan and Regional Director Dr Gezairy arrived in Pakistan to support early recovery, rehabilitation as well as to boost Polio eradication efforts

28 October 2010--Islamabad/Cairo/Geneva – World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan is currently in Pakistan reviewing the progress of health relief and recovery efforts in flood-affected parts of the country. Dr Chan is also promoting polio eradication efforts in the country

Ministry of Health, WHO and FAO to upscale prevention to avoid Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever and Dengue

15 October 2010 ¦ Islamabad--Pakistan's National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed that cases of Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) and Dengue fever have been recorded in the country.

WHO scales up humanitarian support in Sindh

7 October 2011 KARACHI -- “In view of the current flood crisis, World Health Organization (WHO) will be scaling up its humanitarian response in all the affected areas in Sindh to address the health issues faced by the population displaced by the floods. WHO is already working side by side with the Sindh provincial and district health authorities and health implementing partners to comprehensively address health problems, but more funds are urgently needed in order to save precious human lives.” This was stated by Dr. Guido Sabatinelli, the WHO Representative in Pakistan, while speaking to the provincial Secretary Health and other senior officers of the Health Department during his visit to Sindh that concluded yesterday.

WHO supports malaria epidemic prevention and control in Pakistan

12 October 2010 ¦ Islamabad--Almost 300,000 suspected malaria cases, including confirmed cases of the severe falciparum-malaria, have been recorded in flood-affected areas of Pakistan since 29 July 2010, an overall number which is slightly above the average annual malaria seasonal levels. The World Health Organization is supporting Pakistan's Ministry of Health Malaria Control Programme, as well as Health Cluster partners, to prevent and control a malaria epidemic in the country.

WHO, WFP and UNICEF unite to target Pakistan's most at-risk communities

1 October 2010 ¦ GENEVA--The humanitarian community has entered a new phase to intensify assistance to the most vulnerable people in flood-affected Pakistan. A joint plan pools activities and resources in nutrition, water and sanitation and health to deliver emergency life-saving care and restore vital services in communities where people have begun to return.

Challenges still remain after the floods in Pakistan

24 September 2010--The floods in Pakistan have had an enormous consequences for the health of millions of people. They have also impacted the ability to deliver emergency and routine health care across the country. Listen the podcast of the chanllenges [7 min].

Health sector treats almost 6 million in flood-affected Pakistan, but great challenges persist

23 September 2010 | Islamabad | Cairo | Geneva--In a massive health relief effort underway in the flood-affected parts of Pakistan, nearly six million people have been treated for health conditions since the floods began in late July; but there are urgent needs to prevent further health crises or food insecurity caused by large-scale damage to crops and agricultural land.

Health Clinics on the Move to Save Lives Across the Country

6 September 2010--WHO, Pakistani authorities and health partners are operating almost 1200 mobile health teams across flood-affected areas of the country, delivering urgently needed services, including primary health care, to millions of people in need.

WHO's regional director inspects flood-affected southern Pakistan, visits diarrhoea treatment centre

5 September 2010 ¦ Multan--The World Health Organization's top official for the Eastern Mediterranean region visited areas in southern Punjab today affected by Pakistan's devastating floods, meeting with senior health officials and assessing one of the health facilities dedicated to treating diarrhoeal disease cases.

Photo gallery

Six-year-old Saffiullah getting treatment in Pabbi satellite Hospital Diarrhoea Treatment Centre managed by a Health Cluster partner.
Photo: WHO/Syed Haider Ali

WHO responds to health needs in Pakistan floods

3 August 2010 | Islamabad | Cairo | Geneva -- The worst floods on record in Pakistan are placing the health of hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with a high threat of waterborne disease outbreaks and immense damage to health facilities. WHO is coordinating the response of health partners and supporting Pakistani authorities by sending medicines and related health supplies capable of treating more than 200 000 people to the affected areas in the northwestern region of the country.



Dire health and humanitarian contitions of IDPs in the Pakistan's North West Frontier Province. Interview with Dr Khalif Bile Mohamud, WHO Representative, Pakistan.

Northwest Pakistan Humanitarian Crisis

A film showing how WHO and health partners use the disease early warning system to control outbreaks among people displaced during the 2009 conflict.

WHO steps up emergency response to Pakistan crisis

11 July 2009 ¦ Islamabad - The World Health Organization is ramping up its health response to the Pakistan's humanitarian crisis by buying ambulances and millions of courses of additional medicines, plus building new warehouses, to improve health care for the approximately 2 million internally displaced people and the many more hosting them in northwest Pakistan.

United Nations lauds Pakistani relief efforts

2 July 2009 ¦ Islamabad/New York - “The everyday people of Pakistan are the real heroes of this current crisis in Pakistan,” said Martin Mogwanja, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan. “They are opening the doors of their often modest homes, sharing what they have, no matter how little, no matter how it strains their often modest budgets. True humanitarians, they set an inspiring example of extraordinary generosity for the whole world,” he added, speaking at a press conference in Islamabad today. He noted that he hoped this example is followed by the governments of this world, whose continued urgent support is desperately needed.

Step up health care delivery in IDP hosting communities

27 June 2009 -- The total number of internally displaced people (IDPs) by ongoing fighting in northwest Pakistan rose from 209,136 in January 2009 to reportedly more than 2 million in June , ninety percent of which are living in host communities where life-saving health care services that are either already limited or have now reached a breaking point.

WHO: Immediate funding required to protect health of 3 million people displaced in Pakistan

3 June 2009 | ISLAMABAD -- Immediate funding is needed for national and international health providers in Pakistan so they can provide life-saving health care to the more than 3 million internally displaced people now residing in temporary camps and in host communities in the country's northwest.


20 000 displaced by Pakistan earthquake, WHO warns of health risks

29 October 2008 | Islamabad/Geneva -- Accessibility to health services, exposure to cold weather and access to safe food and water are major health concerns facing the at least 20 000 people displaced by today's magnitude 6.4 earthquake in Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province.

Pakistan: displacement puts thousands at risk of diseases

10 Septemeber 2008 | Peshawar -- Thousands of Pakistan's most vulnerable people are on the move in the country's northwest, seeking health and other humanitarian aid after being displaced by armed conflict and heavy flooding. WHO and its partners are supporting Pakistani authorities to help the 423 000 displaced people in need.

Health response launched for the displaced in Pakistan

9 September 2008 | Geneva -- Some 423 000 people in Pakistan need urgent health care after being affected by recent conflict and flooding. WHO and partners are requesting US$ 9.76 million to undertake life-saving health responses to this humanitarian crisis.


World Health Organization sends aid to help victims of South Asia earthquake

13 october 2005 -- To fight the spread of health care-associated infections, which take a high toll in human lives and affect hundreds of millions of patients worldwide each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners are launching the Global Patient Safety Challenge with the theme, "Clean Care is Safer Care". As part of the launch, an advanced draft of the WHO Guidelines on Hand Hygiene in Health Care is being made available, to encourage simple measures to prevent the spread of these infections.


UN-Briefing: WHO intensifies harsh winter emergency supplies in Afghanistan

21 December 2001 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has intensified harsh winter emergency supplies inside Afghanistan. Ms. Fadela Chaib, official of the World Health Ortanization said in the UN briefing here Friday that WHO has intensified its emergency supplies for Afghanistan because harsh winter has already come. She said that WHO has already provided 60 Emergency Medical Kits to hospitals and health facilities inside Afghanistan either through WHO sub-offices or NGOs.