Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Yemen conflict: Safe corridor needed to deliver health care to over 3 million people in Taiz

Dengue fever investigation teams conduct control activities in Yemen
Dengue fever investigation teams conduct control activities in Yemen

Sana’a, 27 August 2015 – A humanitarian corridor must be established to ensure access to health care for more than 3 million people in Yemen’s Taiz governorate, where conflict and a resulting humanitarian crisis have left thousands of people in need of treatment, caused extensive damage to health facilities, and fanned a dengue fever outbreak.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq

4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services.

Ministry of Health coordinates efforts with WHO to respond to measles outbreak in Sudan

4 August 2015 | Khartoum – The Federal Ministry of Health, in coordination with WHO, has mobilized financial and human resources to respond to the measles outbreak in Sudan. A 10-day vaccination campaign from 22 April to 1 May 2015, was funded by the Measles and Rubella Immunization Initiative and targeted 1.7 million children between 6 months to 15 years. The outbreak started in late December 2014 and affected 39 localities of Kassala and Gedaref States, Sennar, the Red Sea, and West, East and North Darfur states.The recorded administrative coverage was 101% and an independent survey coverage of 97.4%.

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