Humanitarian Health Action

The cholera outbreak and health situation in South Sudan

Limited access to potable water perpetuates the continued increase in waterborne diseases in South Sudan, particularly cholera.
WHO/M.Moyo
Limited access to potable water perpetuates the continued increase in waterborne diseases in South Sudan, particularly cholera.

19 July 2014 --There is a risk of cholera spreading further to new sites in areas of Upper Nile, Central and Eastern Equatoria States as suspected cases continue to be reported. Since the start of the outbreak cholera have been confirmed in 14 locations and suspected cholera cases have been reported from 36 different locations in South Sudan. The risk is heightened by heavy rains and floods, coupled with limited access to potable water and poor sanitation and hygiene. Hepatitis E cases in Mingkaman remain a concern that needs urgent action. The continued influx of displaced persons into Bentiu is straining existing health services. Limited funding continues to impede the full implementation of the emergency response by health partners.

People in dire need of humanitarian assistance in Syria

The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care
WHO/Aleppo
The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care

7 July 2014 – The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to escalate in the last few months. The past three months have been marked by continuing conflict, with pockets of sustained high-intensity fighting.

WHO supports health response for internally displaced Iraqis in Dohuk

6 July, 2014, Erbil, Iraq -- The governorate of Dohuk in Iraq’s Kurdistan region has seen its population increase by almost 20% over the past three years, hosting more than half of the country’s Syrian refugees in the country and receiving an additional 200 000 internally displaced Iraqis in June 2014.

Health in Central African Republic

UNICEF and WHO joint assessment of the health sector functionallity.
WHO/Central African Republic
UNICEF and WHO joint assessment of the health sector functionallity

15 June 2014 -- Following the attack to Liwa village 630 people were displaced, seven people were killed and 163 burned. The last armies in the Sub Prefecture Kaga Bandoro attacks have led to the increase in rape cases. During this period, 15 people were killed and four seriously injured were transferred to the hospital of Kaga Bandoro following attacks in outlying villages. A joint WHO and UNICEF assessment was conducted of health facilities in the affected areas.

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