Humanitarian Health Action

Five facts on the Syrian crisis and its impact on health

27 January 2016 -- The World Health Organization and its partners remain committed to supporting efforts to respond to the critical health needs of the millions of people affected by the conflict inside and outside of Syria. After almost five years of conflict, the population is more vulnerable than ever, particularly to disease outbreaks and malnutrition. Read five facts on the Syrian crisis and its impact on health.

Libya conflict lingers leaving nearly 2 million in need of health care

27 January 2016 – As Libya’s yearlong peace talks aimed at establishing a unity government stall again, the lives of millions of people needing urgent health care linger in the balance. WHO and health partners require a total of US$ 50 million in 2016 to meet the urgent life-saving needs of nearly 2 million people.

Global report on El Niño and health

22 January 2016—WHO and its partners predict a major global increase in health-related emergencies this year due to El Niño. According to a new WHO report, severe drought, flooding, rains and temperature rises are all known effects of El Niño that can lead to food insecurity, malnutrition, disease outbreaks, acute water shortages and disruption of health services.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Stopping outbreaks in South Sudan

WHO/C. Haskew

January 2016 -- This photo essay illustrates how the first “EWARS in a box” was set-up in Mingkaman, an internally displaced persons (IDPs) settlement, in South Sudan. The global Early Warning and Response System (EWARS) project is a WHO initiative to catch disease outbreaks early on to be able to contain them in emergencies. It supports Ministries of Health and health partners by providing technical support, training and field-based tools

Recent crises

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

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

Events

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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