10 December 2009--Over the last twelve months, more than 1.5 million people have fled renewed heavy fighting in Mogadishu and other parts of South Central Somalia. Over 3.6 million people are now in desperate need of humanitarian assistance. The escalating violence, new population displacements, shrinking humanitarian space and limited health services present acute risks to the health of these internally displaced people (IDPs). The increasing gaps in essential and lifesaving health coverage and the lack of safe water and sanitation are leading to increased outbreaks of communicable diseases, growing rates of severe acute malnutrition, and dramatically low immunization rates.
4 December 2009 -- Representatives from more than 20 countries, along with UN agencies and NGOs, attended the 2010 WHO Humanitarian Forum.
Rapid Response Account (RRA)
The purpose of WHO's Rapid Response Account (RRA) for Health Action in Crises is to ensure the Organization has immediate access to emergency response funds for its humanitarian work. WHO calls on donors to contribute unspecified funds for the RRA. RRA funds are to be used only for immediate emergency operations.
4 September 2009--WHO is requesting US$ 914 176 to ensure the continued provision of essential health services to internally displaced populations inside and outside evacuation camps and temporary settlements as well as to residents of the host communities in the conflict-affected regions of Mindanao.
9 July 2009--Health Cluster Office of the United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia donor alert. Deteriorating health situation in South and Central Somalia calls for urgent humanitarian action.
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.
27 April 2009--Health care for hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur remains severely threatened and the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging increased effort to improve access to services, prevent disease outbreaks and ward off malnutrition.
Skirmishes since mid-August 2008 between the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and forces of the government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) in the Philippine island of Mindanao have resulted in the death of 163 people, 123 injured (as of 15 January 2009) and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Regions X, XII, and the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). During the height of the conflict in 2008 as many as 500 000 were reported to have been displaced from their communities.
20 January 2009 -- Karem Shalom ¦ The Government of Italy has given 750 000 Euros to the World Health Organization to support its emergency health operations in the Gaza Strip and on Tuesday also provided medicines, food and other supplies for Gazan humanitarian relief services.