Humanitarian Health Action

Donor centre archive 2015

  • 17 December 2015

    WHO celebrates 10th anniversary of the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund

    The World Health Organization (WHO) joined in the celebration today marking the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This United Nations emergency fund receives voluntary contributions year-round to provide immediate funding for life-saving humanitarian action anywhere in the world. CERF makes money available when it is needed most: at the beginning of a crisis, when time is of the essence and emergency relief operations must get under way quickly. The fund also provides funding to the world’s most neglected crises.

  • 14 December 2015

    WHO launches new early warning system in a box to help 500 000 people for only $USD 15 000

    14 December 2015 - In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) is working alongside the Ministry of Health to implement a new disease early warning system capable of monitoring approximately 500 000 people in hard-to-reach settings for only three cents per person

  • 11 December 2015

    Escalating crisis in Ethiopia: 2 million children and mothers face malnutrition and disease

    In Ethiopia, some 400 000 children face severe malnutrition in 2016, and another 1 million children and 700 000 pregnant or breastfeeding women face moderate malnutrition. More than 8 million people are expected to need food assistance next year. Those who are malnourished are more likely to get sick during disease outbreaks; and when they get sick more likely to die. Urgent action is needed to prevent escalation of this crisis.

  • December 2015

    Yemen 12.5 million people in need of healthcare - additional funding is needed

    The conflict in Yemen continues unabated. Despite the insecurity, WHO and health partners are working in the country to provide health assistance. With offices in Sana’a and Aden, WHO has become one of the main providers of medical supplies in the country. In 2015 it distributed 300 tonnes of medicines and supplies and supported 71 health facilities, not only with health supplies but also with fuel, which has become a serious constraint for the delivery of health services. WHO still needs US$46 million (out of the US$83 requested in the Humanitarian Response Plan) and together, all the organization members of the Health Cluster in Yemen, need over US$ 40 million.

  • November 2015

    Syria Crises donor update Q3 (July - October)

    The humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq are categorized as grade 3, the highest level, and I fear we might expect more conflicts and crises have long-term consequences for health. We have seen in this region how public health gains, developed after decades of hard work and investment, are wiped away in just a few months - Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • 3 November 2015

    Health assistance to millions in violence-afflicted Lake Chad Basin hampered by lack of funding

    Violence continues to devastate the lives and health of the millions of people in the Lake Chad Basin – an area covering north-east Nigeria and parts of Cameroon, Chad and Niger. The World Health Organization (WHO) and humanitarian partners are appealing for urgent funding to cope with profound health challenges in the sub-region.

  • July 2015

    Syria crises: Donor update Q2 (April - June)

    According to the United Nations, the conflict in Syria has brought about the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. More than 12.2 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Almost 8 million people have been internally displaced, and over 4 million have fled to bordering countries, particularly Turkey and Lebanon.

  • June 2015

    Global Humanitarian Overview 2015

    At mid year, global funding of humanitarian assistance stands at $4.8 billion, or 26% of requirements - the lowest mid-year coverage in ten years. Global financial requirements for 2015 have risen by $2.4 billion since December 2014, from $16.4 billion to $18.8 billion as of early June 2015. Since December appeals have been added for the Burundi crisis, Djibouti, Guatemala, Honduras, Libya, Nepal, the Sahel regio, Vanuatu and Yemen.

  • 26 June 2015

    Yemen crisis: UN CERF releases urgently needed funds to WHO for life-saving medicines

    The World Health Organization’s response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8,021,884 in funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The contribution is the largest allocation of funding from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.

  • 25 June 2015

    The Democratic Republic of the Congo: Better together

    A new pilot project, launched in partnership with Germany, aims to strengthen collaboration in emergency response; beginning with the Democratic Republic of the Congo

  • 14 June 2015

    WHO welcomes new Kuwait donation for Syrians in need

    The Government of Kuwait, one of WHO’s largest donors to the Syria crisis, has contributed an additional US$ 20 million to provide life-saving treatments to people impacted by the prolonged conflict inside Syria. The new funding brings Kuwait’s support to the war-affected Syrians in 3 years to US$ 65 million.

  • 4 June 2015

    IRAQ: WHO fuding request for the Grade 3 emergency

    Escalating conflict since January 2014 has left 7.84 people million in need of health assistance. Over the next six months, WHO and Health Cluster partners aim to reach 5.63 million of the 6.95 million people in critical need of health assistance. WHO has already supplied medicines and supplies to treat 3.5 million people. However, WHO and Health Cluster partners may be forced to shut down 84% of health projects unless additional funding is received by 30 June.

  • June 2015

    Syrian Arab Republic WHO donor update (Q1) 2015

    Humanitarian needs have increased twelve fold since the beginning of the crisis, with 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 7.6 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and 4.8 million in hard-to-reach areas; over 220 000 killed and more than one million injured. Meanwhile, 56% of all public hospitals was either partially functioning or completely out of service and 35% was inaccessible as of end of March 2015; while, 48% of all public health centres as of end of 2014 was partially damaged or completely out of service. Water-borne diseases were on the increase due to the deterioration of water and sanitation services particularly in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Idlib, and Yarmouk camp in Damascus.

  • 27 May 2015

    IRAQ - Urgent funding needed to prevent imminent closure of health care projects

    Cairo, 27 May 2015 – If urgently needed funds are not secured by the end of June 2015, more than 84% of health care projects serving populations in need in Iraq will be forced to close. If this happens, more than 3 million refugees, internally displaced persons and host communities will not have access to the treatment and care that these projects provide.

  • May 2015

    Nepal earthquake 2015: Country update and funding request

    Funding requirements under the revised Flash Appeal amount to US$ 42 million for the Health Cluster (including WHO). Total funding requirements for WHO are US$ 14.1 million (under both the Health and WASH clusters).

  • 15 May 2015

    WHO-Kuwait partnership is improving access to safe drinking water in Syria

    After four years of conflict in Syria, over 50% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation. Inadequate access to safe water supplies in the country has resulted in outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid, rendering millions vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. WHO is working to improve access to clean drinking water inside Syria, thanks to the generosity of the Government of Kuwait.

  • 27 April 2015

    Humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic: lack of funding threatens the free-access to healthcare

    A drastic shortage in funding is jeopardizing free access to health care services being provided by the World Health Organization and partners in the Central African Republic for hundreds of thousands people.

  • 26 April 2015

    WHO urgently requires US$ 5 million for its humanitarian health response to the disaster in Nepal

    WHO is mobilizing an urgent response in support of the Ministry of Health to meet the humanitarian health needs of those affected by the devastating earthquake in the country. Management of casualties and injuries remains the most pressing need in Kathmandu. Hospitals are overwhelmed with casualties, and injuries from collapsed buildings. Doctors are reported to be treating people in the streets.

  • April 2015

    WHO appeals for funding to address increasing health needs in Yemen

    14 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt – The World Health Organization is seeking US$ 25.2 million to meet humanitarian health needs in Yemen for the coming 3 months. WHO working in close coordination with national health authorities will focus on five key activities: strengthening delivery of trauma care, supporting delivery of primary health care, conduct health assessments, coordinating the Health Cluster to ensure a consolidated response and support water, sanitation and hygiene activities to ensure sufficient safe water supply.

  • 13 April 2015

    Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

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

  • 25 March 2015

    WHO Donor alert: Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu

    Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to the health system in Vanuatu. More than half of the population in Vanuatu, 158 000 people on 21 islands, were affected and 30 of the 41 assessed health facilities have been damaged. WHO is working with 24 Health Cluster partners providing support to all six provincial hospitals including: vaccination campaigns against measles, emergency health kits and diarrhoeal disease kits. There are still 75 000 people needing shelter and 110 000 people don’t have access to safe drinking water.

  • 27 March 2015

    Millions of Syrians endure deteriorating health crisis: WHO calls for increased funding

    Aleppo, Syria -- Ahead of third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait, the World Health Organization (WHO) appeals for US$ 124 million to continue its support to health services in the Syrian Arab Republic. “Scenes of severely injured children and civilians are yet another stark reminder of the immense and continuous suffering of the Syrian people” says Ms. Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria, who visited Al Razy hospital in Aleppo shortly after scores of war wounded people were brought in on 23 March.

  • 24 February 2015

    WHO: Increased funding needed to meet health needs of 25 million caught up in four major humanitarian emergencies

    24 February, 2015 Geneva – Raging conflict and beleaguered health services are threatening the health of tens of millions of people across the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan and Syria. To respond, the World Health Organization today called on the international community to provide $US1 billion to support its on-going efforts – and those of partners – to treat, immunize and provide the wide range of life-saving health services needed to populations in need.