Humanitarian Health Action

Donor information centre 2017 - archive

  • 28 September 2017

    Donor alert: Plague in Madagascar

    Pneumonic plague has been detected in several cities in Madagascar. It is a form of plague that is highly transmissible (person-to-person) and quickly causes death without treatment. WHO is concerned that the outbreak may spread because it is already present in several cities and this is just the start of the plague epidemic season, which usually runs from September to April. Urgent public health response is required and support is needed to strengthen capacities already available at country level to control the outbreak.

  • 27 July 2017

    Republic of Korea contributes US$ 1 million to speed up WHO’s operational response to health emergencies

    For a faster response to major health emergencies by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Republic of Korea yesterday committed US$ 1 million to WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE).

  • July 2017

    5 places where WHO needs more emergencies funding to help people now

    services to more than 66 million people in 28 countries. However, to date, WHO has received less than a quarter of the funds required. Without a significant increase in funding, the health of millions of people will be neglected and many will die needlessly.

  • July 2017

    Syrian Arab Republic - Ar-Raqqa response donor alert

    WHO is urgently appealing for US$20 000 000 to respond to the growing crisis in north-east Syria, where over 200 000 displaced people, including civilians who have been severely wounded in the conflict, have only limited access to health care.

  • May 2017

    Japan gives WHO US$ 14 million to support health services in some of world’s worst humanitarian crises

    The Government of Japan provided nearly US$ 14 million to help fund WHO’s work on emergencies in 2017. This is in addition to the Government of Japan’s commitment of US$ 50 million to support WHO's core emergency programme.

  • May 2017

    Contingency fund aids rapid response to outbreak of suspected Ebola virus

    Responding quickly to an outbreak means moving people and supplies quickly, and that means moving funds quickly too. When WHO received an alert on 9 May of a cluster of unexplained deaths in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was able to deploy a team to the affected area just a day later, thanks in part to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). The CFE was able to rapidly release the money needed for transport and other vital logistics to get the investigation team to where they were needed.

  • May 2017

    Emergency response plans 2017

    Nearly 93 million people live in crisis-affected countries. These crises include disease outbreaks, natural disasters and conflict. The crises in each of the countries listed below has had an impact on the delivery of health services, whether or not the crisis is related to a health issue, leaving already vulnerable populations even more at risk.

  • 2 February 2017

    Deploying quality-assured medical teams when disaster strikes

    Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) are groups of health professionals (such as doctors, nurses, paramedics) who treat patients affected by an emergency or disaster. They come from governments, charities, non-governmental organizations, militaries and international organizations such as the International Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. The World Health Organization’s EMT initiative aims to ensure that emergency medical teams deploying to disasters have received sufficient training and come armed with the necessary equipment and supplies to respond to emergencies without imposing a burden on the local system. The Australian government has been a big supporter of the EMT initiative from the very beginning, providing both self-sufficient medical teams and funding. They also seconded key personnel to set up the EMT Initiative at WHO.