Humanitarian Health Action

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Yemen: Following months of blocked access, WHO medical supplies reach Taiz City

Following months of blocked access, WHO medical supplies reach Taiz City, Yemen

Sana'a, 10 February 2016 — Following months of blocked access to Taiz City, Yemen, and in response to mounting emergency health needs, the World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully delivered more than 20 tonnes of life-saving medicines and medical supplies. These medical supplies are critical to meet the most urgent needs in a city where more than 200 000 people continue to live under siege with limited access to humanitarian aid.

WHO welcomes unprecedented international support for Syrians

10 February 2016 – The World Health Organization welcomes the unprecedented support shown by countries participating in the "Supporting Syrians and the Region Conference" in London on 4 February, during which more than US$ 10 billion was pledged to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by the Syrian crisis over the coming 5 years.

WHO echoes UN Secretary-General’s call to deliver better for humanity

Two Syrian health workers treat an infant by the light of a mobile phone
WHO Syria

9 February 2016 -- As the international community prepares for the World Humanitarian Summit in May, the World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes a new report from the United Nations Secretary-General calling for the strengthening of humanitarian assistance.

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan lauded the report: “Like the Secretary-General, I am concerned about the state of our humanity but inspired by what the international community can achieve when we act together. We must act together now to reshape and reinvigorate the delivery of humanitarian assistance to help our world’s most vulnerable people.”

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

WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan speak at the briefing on Libya

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.

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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


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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