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 2015

  • 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.

  • 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.


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