Humanitarian Health Action

Donor information centre 2016 - archive

  • 12 December 2016

    WHO welcomes US$ 5 million from Kuwait to provide life-saving health services to people in Mosul, Iraq

    WHO welcomes the generous support of the State of Kuwait through a US$ 5 million donation to help people in the city of Mosul obtain greater medical assistance, particularly the most vulnerable — women, children, the injured and people with special needs.

  • 9 December 2016

    Germany supports WHO to provide lifesaving and essential health services in Ukraine

    Kyiv, 9 December 2016—Kseniya, 44, from the non-government controlled area of Luhansk, has diabetes. “I need to monitor blood glucose levels all the time, follow a diet and receive daily insulin injections. I should take medications, but do not have money to afford them,” she said. “My salary barely covers food and utility payments.”

  • 17 November 2016

    WHO Syrian Arab Republic donor update 2016 (Q3)

    18 November 2016 -- The third quarter (Q3) of 2016 saw a dramatic escalation of military activities, especially around Aleppo. Over half of Syria’s public hospitals and almost half of its public health care centres are either closed or are only partially functioning. Health needs throughout Syria remain acute. Despite many challenges, and thanks to sustained funding from humanitarian donors, WHO has continued to implement emergency health programmes. This report describes the main achievements of WHO’s country office in Damascus and its hubs in Gaziantep (Turkey) and Amman (Jordan) during the third quarter of 2016.

  • November 2016

    WHO operations in north eastern Nigeria

    WHO’s top priority is to significantly reduce rates of death and disease in north eastern Nigeria

  • 15 November 2016

    WHO welcomes US$ 5 million from Kuwait to provide life-saving health services to people in Mosul, Iraq

    WHO welcomes the generous support of the State of Kuwait through a US$ 5 million donation to help people in the city of Mosul obtain greater medical assistance, particularly the most vulnerable — women, children, the injured and people with special needs.

  • 18 October 2016

    Yemen Cholera outbreak – WHO and partners urgently require US$ 22.35 million to save lives and reduce suffering

    The World Health Organization and health partners urgently require support from the international donor community to contain the spread of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera in Yemen. A total of US$ 22.35 million is required by the Health and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene clusters, of which US$ 16.6 million is immediately required.

  • 14 October 2016

    PAHO/WHO issues appeal for $9 million for emergency health operations in Haiti

    The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has issued an appeal to donors for $9 million to carry out response operations in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew devastated the southwestern part of the country. Of the more than 2.1 million Haitians who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew, there are an estimated 750,000 persons are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 175,500 who are living in 224 temporary shelters, according to official reports from the Ministry of Interior of Haiti.

  • 13 October 2016

    Hurricane Matthew - Haiti donor brief and funding request

    The World Health Organization health sector objectives are: Provide immediate life-saving and life-sustaining health care to the people most affected by Hurricane Matthew; Support restoration of health care delivery services in affected areas; Reduce the risk of cholera and other waterborne and vector-borne diseases in flood-affected areas; Strengthen the epidemiological surveillance in affected areas and increase the rapid response capacities to disease outbreaks; Ensure urgent primary health care and reproductive health services for pregnant and lactating women and women of child-bearing age; Provide logistical and technical support to the health authorities to ensure proper coordination of response partners

  • 2 September 2016

    WHO Syrian Arab Republic donor update 2016 (Q2)

    In the second quarter (Q2) of 2016, continuing military activities threatened the fragile cessation of hostilities in Syria. Moreover, despite repeated calls by the United Nations and the International Committee of the Red Cross to respect and protect health care, attacks on health care facilities in the country continued unabated. Thus far in 2016, there have been confirmed reports of up to 40 attacks on hospitals and health care centres across Syria. Almost 60% of public hospitals have either closed or are only partially functional. The health system is close to collapse, raising the prospect of a health care calamity of unimaginable proportions.

  • 2 September 2016

    Conflict in north east Nigeria - donor update

    Conflict since 2009 has caused widespread devastation in north eastern Nigeria, generating a crisis that affects more than 14.8 million people in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States. Recent developments liberated some 800 000 people in Borno State, but access remains difficult. They are mostly women, children and elderly. Many have lacked access to health care services for more than two years.

  • 31 August 2016

    South Sudan conflict and outbreaks - donor update

    Severe shortages of medicines, payment of health worker salaries and operational costs for running hospitals and ambulance services have been impacted by the recent conflict. The health system in South Sudan is near economic collapse. WHO is concerned about the overall health needs of the people of South Sudan, especially the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Juba, Wau and other States as a result of the recent hostilities.

  • 5 August 2016

    Protecting people against yellow fever in Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    An outbreak of yellow fever has spread across Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), causing more than 5600 suspected cases of the deadly mosquito-borne disease.

  • 22 July 2016

    South Sudan: Cholera and conflict - donor alert

    WHO is responding to an outbreak of cholera and the escalation of the conflict in South Sudan.

  • 20 July 2016

    WHO Global Surge Training: Testing the “new skeleton” of WHO emergency operations

    It was not the first time that WHO convened its most seasoned emergency professionals from all over the world to Geneva for a nine-day “WHO and Partners Emergency Surge Training”. For the fourth year in a row, this training has taken place in Geneva, generously supported by the Russian Federation. And yet, this year’s training was different and the first of its kind.

  • 25 May 2016

    Mobile clinics provide health care to people in some of the world’s worst crises

    The World Health Organization (WHO) and its many partners regularly deploy diverse mobile clinics and medical teams to reach people cut off from access to health services. For many people these mobile clinics and teams may be their only source of health care.

  • 18 May 2016

    WHO Syrian Arab Republic donor update 2016 (Q1)

    According to the Humanitarian Needs Overview for 2016, over 11 million people in Syria require health assistance. A staggering 25 000 people are injured each month and require trauma care. The WHO Syrian Arab Republic Donor Update (Q1) provides highlights of WHO's humanitarian interventions in the Syrian Arab Republic in the first quarter of 2016, a financial overview and priorities for Q2 2016.

  • 26 April 2016

    Appeal for international aid to support the response in Ecuador after the earthquake

    April 26, 2016 - United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations are appealing for US$ 72.5 million in international assistance to assist Ecuador in its recovery after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country April 16. This includes US$ 4.5 million budgeted for the rapid restoration of health services and the provision of emergency medical care in the worst-affected areas.

  • 27 April 2016

    From safe blood transfusions in South Sudan to hospital equipment for Yemen: Wide-ranging support from Japan

    In a country facing ongoing conflict, safe blood transfusions are a life-saving necessity. They are used to treat those suffering from gunshot wounds and conflict-related injuries, but also children suffering from anaemia due to malnutrition often worsened by malaria, survivors of road traffic accidents and mothers who experience excessive blood loss during childbirth are bleeding severely.

  • 5 April 2016

    Health needs from humanitarian emergencies at an all-time high

    WHO and partners need US$ 2.2 billion to provide lifesaving health services to more than 79 million people in more than 30 countries facing protracted emergencies this year, according to WHO’s Humanitarian Response Plans 2016. WHO and health partners are working together to provide urgent health services including essential medicines, vaccines and treatment for diseases such as cholera and measles, often in insecure and extremely difficult settings. Collectively we need US$ 2.2 billion to provide lifesaving health services, of which WHO is appealing for US$ 480 million.

  • 17 March 2016

    WHO to provide some of the hardest hit areas of Yemen with desperately needed health supplies and services

    Since April 2015, continuing violence and insecurity has led to a collapsing health system that has left more than 14 million Yemenis in need of healthcare services. Almost 25% of all health facilities have shut down due to damages, and there are critical shortages of staff and life-saving medicines.

  • 16 March 2016

    Five years #WithSyria

    Five years of conflict have taken a drastic toll on the health of the Syrian people and their health system. WHO and partners continue to support 13.5 million people in need within Syria and an additional 4.4 million Syrian refugees hosted by neighbouring countries.