Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Impending famine, ongoing fighting and a failing health system leave millions at risk in Yemen

24 April 2017 -- Two years of intense conflict have left 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and placed overwhelming strain on the country’s health system at a time when it is needed most.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is leading a reprioritization of the response of more than 66 operational partner organizations, aiming to sustain the remnants of the nation’s health system and ensure access to life-saving health services for the country’s most vulnerable.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Iraq: Special health situation report from Mosul

Medical supplies donated by WHO to Erbil, Sulymania and Duhok Directorates of Health
Medical supplies donated by WHO to Erbil, Sulymania and Duhok Directorates of Health

22 April 2017 -- WHO has supported the health directorates in Erbil, Duhok and Silymania by providing intravenous fluids sufficient for 100 000 people. The Federal Ministry of Health has opened a fully equipped third hospital in Hamam al'Alil (including a maternity unit by UNFPA) managed by ASPEN Medical. More than 16 800 consultations (25% of them children under 5 years) has been managed through the primary health care facilities and WHO supported mobile clinics.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO increases support for cancer patients, the forgotten casualties of the Syrian war

A man wearing a WHO jacket stands in a street which has been heavily affected by the conflict

13 April 2017 – 12-year old Khedr from Aleppo Governorate was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma – a tumour in the connective fibrous tissue affecting bones and muscles – in January 2016. Because no treatment was available for him in Aleppo, Khedr travelled with his father to the Pediatric Hospital in Damascus, the main referral hospital for children in the country. However, access to Damascus to receive regular chemotherapy treatment was not always easy.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO supports new initiative to more easily allow people living in South Sudan’s rural communities to access health services

Beyond Bentiu health service delivery, Kaljak, former Unity State

Juba, 3 April 2017 - The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the Republic of South Sudan’s Ministry of Health and partners to roll-out a new approach to community health service delivery called the Boma Health Initiative. Currently, only 40% of people in South Sudan are within reach of health facilities and have consistent access to primary health care services. The Boma Health Initiative seeks to provide sustainable delivery of essential health care and public health programmes at the community level.

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