Humanitarian Health Action

WHO appeals for US$8.7 million for Gaza's health system

Gaza/Geneva, 14 October 2014 – WHO is appealing for US$ 8.7 million as part of an overall US$ 45.1 million effort to repair and enhance Gaza’s health care system. The July–August hostilities that reduced much of the Gaza Strip to rubble have faded from the headlines – but recovery work is just beginning, and WHO says the territory’s shattered health system needs extensive reconstruction and resources.

Disaster Reduction Day highlights needs and roles of older people in emergencies

GENEVA¦13 October 2014 – International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - The World Health Organization is joining international calls to ensure greater attention is given to the needs, vulnerabilities, and capabilities of older people – before, during, and after emergencies, including natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

WHO ships tetanus vaccine to Ukraine; mobile health units planned

Dr Vasyl Lazoryshynets, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, thanking Dr Ihor Perehinets, Deputy WHO Representative in Ukraine, for a shipment of medical supplies and medicines.

KIEV, Ukraine ¦3 October 2014 – Three hundred thousand doses of tetanus vaccine – enough to immunize people who have been wounded in the recent conflict and to provide national coverage for others through the end of 2015 – have arrived in Ukraine.

Recent crises

Health emergency highlights

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    This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and Pakistan, WHO's role in the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response and the WHO Project Management in Emergencies workshop.
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Disaster Reduction Day highlights needs and roles of older people in emergencies

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction - 13 October

WHO condemns rising violence against health care workers, patients

NEW YORK/GENEVA ¦ 25 September 2014 – “Health care and violence: the need for effective protection” a high-level debate on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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