Humanitarian Health Action

Survey raises concerns about hepatitis C infection in Syria

10 January 2017 – A survey of more than 20 000 people in Syria has found a concerning number of people infected with hepatitis C, especially among people who are at higher risk. Cases of hepatitis B infection, however, are decreasing as a result of an effective national vaccination campaign.

Nigeria WHO Grade 3 emergency

Millions of children to receive measles vaccine in north-eastern Nigeria

12 January 2017 -- A mass vaccination campaign to protect more than 4 million children (4 766 214) against a measles outbreak in conflict-affected states in north-eastern Nigeria is planned to start this week. The two-week campaign, which starts on 13 January, will target all children aged from 6 months to 10 years in accessible areas in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States.

WHO’s response to trauma cases saves hundreds of lives in Iraq

Farouk recovering after surgery at the Emergency hospital in Erbil.

5 January 2016 – Since 17 October 2016, WHO has supported the Government of Iraq and the Kurdish Regional Government with emergency lifesaving health services, including emergency medicines and other medical supplies like trauma and surgery kits. These supplies are meant to support the increasing number of trauma cases received at trauma stabilization points and en route to the final points of performing surgery.

Key numbers on WHO’s work on emergencies in 2016

WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in emergencies – whether caused by conflict, disease outbreak or a disaster. In 2016, Member States approved the establishment of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme to work with countries to address emergencies before they happen, and help respond to an emergency and with early recovery.

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Partnerships in emergencies

Partnership News

WHO operates in more than 40 countries dealing with humanitarian health emergencies of all kinds ranging from disease outbreaks to conflicts to natural disasters. WHO relies on partners through networks, such as:

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Reform of WHO's emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose

EWARS: a simple, robust system to detect disease outbreaks

Disease surveillance, alert and response system in emergencies.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.