Donor centre - Funding needs and support
November -- 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 – 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.
13 October 2015, Baghdad – A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio ended on 11 October after a 2-day extension recommended by the Ministry of Health of Iraq to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. The current campaign aims to keep Iraq polio free and also included the dissemination of information to 1.5 million households across the country on how to detect, prevent and treat cholera.
WHO's emergency reform process is focused on strenghtening and consolidating eh Organization's capacities and partnerships to respond to and prepare for all crises that impact on people's health and disrupt the delivery of health care services. WHO is undertaking a thorough review and reform of its capacities in emergency risk management and response to outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences.
WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crisis. Yet we can only carry out this important work if we have the resources to do so.
We need the support of the international community to achieve our aspiration – a WHO that is well-equipped to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency which threatens the lives and health of people anywhere in the world.
Together we can minimize the health consequences of crises today and in future.