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.
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.
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.
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.
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.