Humanitarian Health Action

Donor centre archive 2008

Donor contributions are key to sustaining and strengthening our work in crises. It is also essential that the reporting on funds received for WHO's work in crises be transparent.


WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and health partners to establish a cholera command and control centre to enhance case detection and management, mapping of trends and interventions and coordination.

Humanitarian Appeal 2009

On 19 November 2008, the United Nations Under-secretary General launched the Consolidated Appeals Process 2009. WHO is fully involved in this process and is presenting, together with all partners, a series of health-related projects in selected countries to support the international community’s answer to ongoing complex emergencies.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

21 November 2008-- WHO supplies, including 15 000 litres of IV fluids, arrived in Goma today that can treat up to 3000 severe cholera cases. A region-wide distribution plan to supply medicines from Goma to multiple locations has been finalized. Cholera cases continue being reported in Goma, but intensive control has stabilized the situation. But the same cannot be said for areas where insecurity is preventing humanitarian access.

Ethiopia Response and Preparedness

2 October 2008 -- Hunger, preventable disease and poor health care are the main humanitarian risks today facing millions in Ethiopia affected or displaced by drought, flooding and insecurity.

The World Health Organization is determined to expand its support to the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health and other partners to provide enhanced emergency health responses and ensure the health sector can better prepared for future crises.

Food crisis intensifies Ethiopian suffering

11 July 2008 -- Some 4.6 million people need urgent health relief in Ethiopia where food insecurity, crop failure and weak health services compound the country's humanitarian crisis. The government has issued its "Revised Humanitarian Requirements for 2008" to overcome food, water and medical supply gaps. WHO is supporting emergency humanitarian action with health assessments and surveillance, plus coordinating Health Cluster partners.

Interview of the WHO Assistant Director-General Health Action in Crises Dr Eric Laroche on World Radio Switzerland

12 June 2008 -- Dr Eric Laroche is talking about the role of Health Action in Crises Cluster, Global Health Cluster, Myanmar Crises and other issues.

WHO Strengthens humanitarian actions

11 June 2008 -- In the WHO Humanitarian Forum 2008 today WHO annouced that it has intensified its relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.

WHO funding request to donors Sichuan earthquake - May 2008

10 June 2008 -- WHO is seeking funding for 6 to 9 months to support the Ministry of Health of China in the early recovery of the health sector

WHO Health Action in Crises thanks donors for their immediate support and calls for continued assistance for Myanmar

May 2008 -- Several donors immediately responded to the call for support aiming at providing emergency health relief to the thousands of people affected by Cyclone Nargis early May 2008. WHO Health Action in Crises would like to sincerely thank the donors that contributed almost US$ 7 million in cash and in kind to support life-saving operations and to help save lives and reduce suffering.

Myanmar Tropical Cyclone Nargis: health situation and needs

2-3 May 2008 -- WHO has consolidated the latest information on Myanmar's health situation and the needs to assist in supporting ongoing recovery efforts following Cyclone Nargis. This material may help humanitarian actors planning to undertake or already undertaking work in Myanmar.

WHO Health Action in Crises: Pledges and Contributions 2006-2007 Overview

Financial overview of the WHo Health Action in Crises pledges and contributions 2006 - 2007

WHO appeals for countries in crisis in 2008

On 10 December 2007, the United Nations Secretary-General launched the Consolidated Appeals Process 2008. WHO is fully involved in this process and is presenting, together with all partners, a series of health-related projects in selected countries to support the international community’s answer to ongoing complex emergencies.

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Reform of WHO's emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose

EWARS: a simple, robust system to detect disease outbreaks

Disease surveillance, alert and response system in emergencies.


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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