Humanitarian Health Action

Yemen crisis: UN CERF releases urgently needed funds to WHO for life-saving medicines

A WHO shipment carrying more than 20 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies arriving in Sana'a, Yemen, earlier in 2015. (WHO)

26 June 2015 – The World Health Organization’s response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8,021,884 in funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF).

The contribution is the largest allocation of funding from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Better together

25 June 2015 – Efforts to save lives and reduce suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo received a critical boost this week with the launch of a pilot project to strengthen coordination among health partners.

Thanks to a grant of €3 million over three years from the Government of Germany, the World Health Organization is bolstering the existing Health Cluster through the establishment of a dedicated team to coordinate health partners on the ground.

Iraq: One grandmother's story of displacement this World Refugee Day

19 June 2015 – The 20th of June is World Refugee Day; a time to reflect on the challenges facing the more than 60 million people around the world who have been forcibly displaced from their homes due to conflict and other disasters.

This includes Hayat Yasin, a 75-year-old grandmother from Iraq. Mrs Yasin was forced to flee her home when violence erupted in her home town in the Sinjar Mountains. She also has high blood pressure and has faced difficulties accessing the medication she needs.

Syria crisis: WHO welcomes new Kuwait donation for Syrians in need

14 June 2015, Damascus – The Government of Kuwait, one of WHO’s largest donors to the Syria crisis, has contributed an additional US$ 20 million to provide life-saving treatments to people impacted by the prolonged conflict inside Syria. The new funding brings Kuwait’s support to the war-affected Syrians in 3 years to US$ 65 million.

Recent crises

WHO Humanitarian health response

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Health Emergency Highlights

This issue features the health situation and health response to the humanitarian crisis following the earthquake in Nepal, the crisis in Yemen and WHO's new registration system, building a global emergency health workforce.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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