Humanitarian Health Action

More than US$459 million needed to deal with health consequences of El Niño throughout 2016

WHO and partners are working closely to support nearly 30 countries as they respond to the health effects of El Niño. to provide lifesaving healthcare, the health sector requires nearly US$ 460 million.
WHO and partners are working closely to support nearly 30 countries as they respond to the health effects of El Niño. to provide lifesaving healthcare, the health sector requires nearly US$ 460 million.

27 April 2016 -- El Niño is affecting more than 60 million people, especially in Eastern and Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia-Pacific. Severe drought and associated food insecurity, flooding, rains and temperature rises due to El Niño 2015-2016—a warming of the central to eastern tropical Pacific Ocean—are causing a wide range of health problems, including disease outbreaks, malnutrition and disruption of health services.

El Niño exacerbates scabies outbreak in Ethiopia

An Ethiopian teen shows off her healed hands.
WHO Ethiopia

Fourteen-year-old Belaynesh Yimer from Amhara, Ethiopia, dreams of being a doctor when she grows up. But the seventh grader was forced to miss school recently when she was struck with an excruciating skin disease called scabies.

“I didn’t believe I would be healed because the pain was intolerable,” Belaynesh said, explaining that she was unable to sleep, study, write, eat properly or even hold a pen due to body aches, itching and multiple sores.

One year on, the healing continues in Nepal

Patients stand in line for a temporary clinic in an outlying district of Kathmandu, Nepal
WHO/A. Bhatiasevi

On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, killing 8700 people and injuring 22 000. A second earthquake hit the country on 12 May, causing around 2 500 additional injuries and 200 deaths.

One year later, the people of Nepal continue to heal from the worst natural disaster to hit the country in more than 80 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) is proud to work alongside the Nepalese Ministry of Health in supporting the dedicated local health workers who continue to deliver care to those affected by the earthquake and its aftershocks.

WHO launches Humanitarian Response Plans for 2016

5 April 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) gathered Member State representatives in Geneva, Switzerland today to launch the WHO Humanitarian Response Plans 2016: an overview of the Organization’s plans, in collaboration with health partners, to respond to the needs of 79 million people in more than 28 countries affected by humanitarian crises in 2016.

The total funding needed to carry out the health component of interagency humanitarian response plans is currently US$ 2.2 billion. Of this, US$ 480 million, or 21%, is for WHO.

Recent crises

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In this issue: Five years into the Syrian conflict: WHO steps up its humanitarian response; WHO Humanitarian Response plans 2016; WHO provides health emergency assistance to Fiji following Tropical cyclone Winston; WHO delivers medicines to some of the hardest hits areas of Yemen; European Medical Corps joins the Global Health Emergency Workforce; WHO co-organizes post-Sendai conference with Thailand and UNISDR; Financial contributions to WHO's humanitarian response operations.

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.