Humanitarian Health Action

Grade 3 emergency

Iraq completes round one of oral cholera vaccination campaign

WHO/ R. Lopes

Baghdad, 12 November 2015 – This week, the Government of Iraq, with the support of WHO and UNICEF, completed the first round of the oral cholera vaccination campaign. The campaign has vaccinated 91% of the targeted population the targeted 255 000 Syrian refugees and internally displaced Iraqis across 62 refugee and IDP camps in 13 governorates. The turnout was very high with no refusals or concerns raised regarding the vaccine. A second round will begin in December to administer a second dose to ensure protection against cholera for 5 years or more.

Unfolding crisis in Burundi requires resources to scale up humanitarian support

9 November 2015 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and its United Nations partners say that continuing political unrest in Burundi increases the risk of an impending humanitarian crisis, and there are not enough resources to respond to the country’s next emergency.

Stop the violence. Protect health care

ICRC/K. Holt

4 November 2014 -- In the last few months, a number of attacks against health-care workers, medical transports and facilities have taken place in several countries, like Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen to mention a few. These incidents are taking place in countries with fragile health-care systems that are already struggling to treat the numbers of people affected by the ongoing conflicts there. In some cases, the situation is made yet worse by the restrictions placed on aid workers, preventing them from getting to the people who need them.

WHO scales up response in Yemen for cyclone Chapala

Sana'a, 2 November 2015 — The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen are intensifying efforts to respond to the serious consequences of Cyclone Chapala which is expected to hit parts of the country in the coming days.

Recent crises

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

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

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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