Humanitarian Health Action

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Donor contributions make it possible for WHO to provide technical assistance, medical supplies and coordination services during humanitarian emergencies. As the lead agency of the Health Cluster, WHO works with UN agencies, NGOs and other partners to address the needs of people in crisis in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. To continue our work and to increase our capacity, funding to both WHO's 'Five Year Plan to Strengthen WHO's Capacity for Humanitarian Health Action' and for the 'Consolidated Appeal' is vital.

News 2014

  • July 2014

    North Waziristan, Pakistan donor update

    Over 950 000 people from the North Waziristan Agency of Federaly Administered Tribal Areas have been displaced to neighbouring districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as a result of clashes with the security forces. WHO is requesting US$ 4.6 million to address the health priorities in the IDP crisis in the next six months.

  • July 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic donor update 2014 Q2

    The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to escalate during Q2. The past three months have been marked by continuing conflict, with pockets of sustained high-intensity fighting. There have been no major changes in the balance of power in the central and southern regions, in spite of government gains in these areas.The number of people in need has therefore increased significantly due to barriers accessing humanitarian assistance, reduced agricultural production, scarce employment opportunities, decreased purchasing power, and exhausted coping mechanisms

  • June 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic donor health updates in the region

  • 18 June 2014

    Meeting health needs of IDPs and refugees in northern Iraq

    The violence caused by the recent advance of militias in the north of Iraq has left over 300 000 people displaced in the last ten days in addition to the 250 000 Syrian refugees already in the area. WHO is urgently seeking funding support in the amount of US$ 10 million to address the main health concerns: trauma care, access to health services especially for maternal and child health, and reactivating the supply of medicines and vaccination services.

  • 6 June 2014

    Response to the cholera outbreak and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

    Cholera is currently the main public health concern in South Sudan. Since the beginning of the outbreak on 23 April, a total of 1306 cases have been confirmed, with a case fatality rate of 2.2% (more than double the emergency threshold of 1%). This outbreak occurs in an already fragile health system in a country where civil unrest has left 1.4 million internally displaced and 360 000 refugees. WHO has developed a donor brief and funding request to continue supporting Health Cluster and WHO relief activities in South Sudan.

  • May 2014

    Six months afther the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    In response to Typhoon Haiyan, the World Health Organization (WHO) received aid from a number of donors to provide essential and emergency healthcare to the affected populations. Contributions were received from the Governments of Australia, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Monaco, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. Funding was also received from the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations and from the Japan Private Kindergarten Association along with staff from the WHO Non-governmental Organization Consortium and members of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

  • 9 April 2014

    WHO supports provision of vital medicines in Syria with funding from the Government of Kuwait

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a contribution of US$ 10 million from the Government of Kuwait to support its activities in Syria as a result of the crisis. This contribution is a continuation of the US$ 35 million support already provided by Kuwait in 2013.

  • January - March 2014

    WHO Syrian Arab Republic Donor Update 2014 (Q1)

    The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has been steadily escalating in the first quarter 2014. The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care. This report describes the current health situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and WHO’s response to reduce morbidity and mortality in the Syrian population. The report calls on donors to support the WHO strategic interventions under the SHARP 2014, with WHO requiring US$ 178 309 652 in order to continue providing essential health care services.

  • February 2014

    South Sudan Health emergency response funding proposal

    Project proposal responing to health needs of the affected people in the Republic of South Sudan crisis

  • 16 February 2014

    South Sudan crisis donor brief and funding request

    WHO Director General declared 12 February 2014 the South Sudan crises a grade 3 emergency. Following WHO’s Emergency Response Framework performance standards, an Emergency Health Leader was immediately deployed to Juba to support the country office relief efforts. The humanitarian conditions of people displaced and affected by violence has been quickly deteriorating, it is expected that by June 2014 1 million people will be internally displaced. More than 4.2 million are in need of health services, of which WHO and health cluster partners envisage to target 1.9 million for basic health services, prevention and response to outbreaks and upply of live saving medicines.

  • 16 January 2014

    Briefing on the response to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries

    WHO delivered a briefing for donors and partners on the health situation and response in the Syrian Arab Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inputs were provided from countries on the health situation for Syrian refugees in the region including challenges and needs. WHO also identified strategic priorities and needs for 2014.

  • 6 January 2014

    Health response to the conflict in the South Sudan

    A new wave of civil conflict and violence in South Sudan has left around 189,000 newly displaced people in a dire humanitarian situation. The precarious sanitary conditions in IDP camps, the disruption of health services and the risk of communicable diseases have prompted WHO to scale up its operations in the country. The Organization is appealing for US$ 4.1 million for immediate support for coordination, emergency health care and disease surveillance.


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