Humanitarian Health Action

Pakistan media and news releases


  • Pakistan prepared for polio high season

    31 July 2017

    At the end of May 2017, more than 38 million children under the age of 5 were vaccinated against polio in Pakistan. During the campaign, over 250 000 trained polio workers went from house to house across the length and breadth of the country to vaccinate children against the crippling disease. The end of the May polio campaign marked the start of the “high season” for poliovirus transmission. The ability of the poliovirus to infect children increases in high temperature and during heavy rainfall. As a result, viral circulation is expected to be higher from June to September.

  • 25 April 2017

    WHO investigates outbreak of chikungunya in Balochistan province, Pakistan

    WHO, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, and the Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP) of Pakistan conducted an intensive house-to-house investigation over the past few weeks to confirm an outbreak of chikungunya fever in Balochistan province in Pakistan where it has been reported for the first time.

  • 25 April 2017

    WHO responds to leishmaniasis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

    A training workshop on the diagnosis, treatment and management of leishmaniasis was held in Peshawar on 10 April 2017, organized by World Health Organization (WHO) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Department of Health. Since January 2014, 22 112 cases of leishmaniasis have been reported in the province. Training workshops are also to be organized in other provinces.


  • 3 July 2016

    Technical Advisory Group meets to assess polio eradication efforts in Pakistan

    The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on polio eradication has met in Islamabad for the second time this year to discuss progress, remaining obstacles and opportunities as Pakistan edges closer to achieving the goal of stopping transmission of the virus.

  • 28 April 2016

    The final frontier in polio eradication

    WHO's World Immunization Week 2016 kicked off this week with the aim of raising international awareness on the critical importance of full immunization from childhood through to adulthood. One of the campaign’s major focuses is polio; incurable, but preventable with a simple vaccine. World Immunization Week is an opportunity to celebrate the progress marked by the drop in cases by 99.9% in the last 3 decades; but it also calls for increased momentum for the final push to overcome the last remaining pockets of the virus and wipe out the disease.

  • 12 April 2016

    Canada extends support to stop polio transmission in Pakistan

    Canada has announced a contribution of $ 40 million Canadian dollars to support the eradication of polio in Pakistan over the next 3 years.


  • 27 October 2015

    WHO responds to health needs following earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Kabul, Afghanistan – Following the major 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck northern Afghanistan and Pakistan on 26 October, WHO is working closely with national health authorities in both countries to support emergency health services and rapidly assess the full extent of the health impact on affected populations.


  • 28 October 2010

    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

    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

  • 15 October 2010

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

    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.

  • 7 October 2011

    WHO scales up humanitarian support in Sindh

    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.

  • 12 October 2010

    WHO supports malaria epidemic prevention and control in Pakistan

    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.

  • 1 October 2010

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

    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.

  • 24 September 2010

    Challenges still remain after the floods in Pakistan

    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.

  • 23 September 2010

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

    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.

  • 6 September 2010

    Health Clinics on the Move to Save Lives Across the Country

    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.

  • 5 September 2010

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

    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.

  • August 2010

    Health of millions at risk from Pakistan floods

    Pakistan's flood crisis has affected over 15 million people, with at least six million needing life-saving humanitarian assistance, including health care. Access to health care, including routine services, is difficult as monsoonal rains and raging flood waters have damaged or destroyed more than 200 hospitals and clinics.

  • 3 August 2010

    WHO responds to health needs in Pakistan floods

    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.




  • 13 October 2005

    WHO launches global patient safety challenge; issues guidelines on hand hygiene in health care

    GENEVA - 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.