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WHO calls for immediate safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from conflict areas

30 September 2016 | GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on belligerents in Syria to allow for the immediate and safe evacuation of the sick and wounded from all areas affected by the conflict, including eastern Aleppo. The Organization is also calling for a halt of attacks on health care workers and facilities.

Health services decline as conflict in Yemen continues

General services and trauma management services are available only in one third of the health facilities in Yemen
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General services and trauma management services are available only in one third of the health facilities in Yemen

Sana'a, 28 September 2016— Yemen's 18-month conflict has led to depletion of health services, with more than 1900 out of 3507 health facilities in 16 governorates currently either not functioning or partially functioning, closing access to much needed essential health services to thousands of Yemeni people.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Conflict in north east Nigeria

Borno State, August 2016
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Borno State, August 2016

2 September 2016 -- Conflict since 2009 has caused widespread devastation in north eastern Nigeria, generating a crisis that affects more than 14.8 million people in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States. Recent developments liberated some 800 000 people in Borno State, but access remains difficult. They are mostly women, children and elderly. Many have lacked access to health care services for more than two years.-

WHO Grade 3 emergency

South Sudan conflict and outbreaks - donor update

31 August 2016 -- Severe shortages of medicines, payment of health worker salaries and operational costs for running hospitals and ambulance services have been impacted by the recent conflict. The health system in South Sudan is near economic collapse. WHO is concerned about the overall health needs of the people of South Sudan, especially the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Juba, Wau and other States as a result of the recent hostilities.

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