Humanitarian Health Action

Iraq public health risk assessment and interventions

17 November 2014 -- The purpose of this public health risk assessment is to provide all health sector partners, including professionals of local and national authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor agencies and United Nations agencies currently working with populations affected by the emergency in the Republic of Iraq, with up-to-date technical guidance on the major public health threats faced by the affected population.

WHO's work in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

8 November marks one year from the day that super-typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines, wreaking widespread devastation. The World Health Organization classified typhoon Haiyan as a grade 3 emergency – the highest category. In the immediate aftermath of the emergency, staff from all WHO regions came together to support the Government of the Philippines’s efforts to restore health care services and address the health needs of the 14 million people affected by the disaster.

Health in South Sudan

3 November 2014 --Most of South Sudan remained calm. However, fighting was reported in Bentiu and Rubkona in Unity State and clashes in Doleib Hill, Malakal in Upper Nile State. Because of the fighting movement if restricted and some health clinics closed, the critical health services delivery is disrupted. The flooding in Northern Bahr El Ghazal State is posing new health risks to the community. Health partners are helping the flood victims in Bentui to access health facilities. First case of Hepatitis E Virus (HEV) has been reported by Bentiu Protection of Civilians (PoC).

Recent crises

Health emergency highlights

This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and Pakistan, WHO's role in the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response and the WHO Project Management in Emergencies workshop.

Global Humanitarian response


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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