Humanitarian Health Action

Highlighting health in humanitarian emergencies

A WHO staff member reaches out to a crying child in the Central African Republic
WHO/Eugene Kabambi

20 May 2016 -- With 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide, senior World Health Organization (WHO) figures and friends are actively calling attention to the importance of delivering health care to those affected by conflicts, disease outbreaks and natural disasters.

Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan

WHO/J. Ebrahim

18 May -- In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services to 2.5 million people within a country disrupted by conflict. This photo story illustrates how WHO works with Health Cluster partners to provide health services.

What would you do?

11 May 2016 -- Millions of people affected by crises are forced to make impossible choices every day. Hammad Faleh faced an impossible choice: remain in his hometown of Daraa, Syria and risk death from his type-1 diabetes, or undertake a perilous journey across the border into neighboring Jordan.

Appeal for international aid to support the response in Ecuador after the earthquake

Ecuador Bahia Hospital damaged in the earthquake.

26 April 2016 - United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations are appealing for US$ 72.5 million in international assistance to assist Ecuador in its recovery after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the country April 16. This includes US$ 4.5 million budgeted for the rapid restoration of health services and the provision of emergency medical care in the worst-affected areas.

Recent crises

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.