Humanitarian Health Action

Nepal ramps up disease surveillance after earthquakes

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15 may 2015 -- Every morning since the first of two recent earthquakes struck Nepal on 25 April, Dr Sharmila Shrestha and researcher Sanjita Thapa have made the hour-long journey from Kathmandu to Kavrepulanchok, a district east of Kathmandu valley, with one goal in mind – to protect people against disease outbreaks.

occupied Palestinian territory: Report of a field assessment of health conditions

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April 2015 -- The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly requested WHO to report on the health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan, to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, based on a field assessment. This assessment includes: barriers to access to health care (general population and in particular the Palestinian prisoners); the impact of the (situation/occupation) on mental health, particularly on child detainees; the health impact of impeded access to water and sanitation, as well as food insecurity, and the provision of financial and technical assistance and support by the international donor community.

Iraq – WHO helps provide frontline health care to families fleeing Al-Ramadi

27 April 2015 – WHO has stepped up its efforts to address the health needs of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled insecurity in Al-Ramadi in recent days. The Organization is working closely with the Ministry of Health to establish emergency health clinics, to ensure that ambulances and mobile clinics reach sheltering IDPs and to vaccinate for diseases such as polio and measles. Further resources are urgently needed, including an ambulance and mobile team, essential medicines, and human resources such as doctors, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians. The latest wave of IDPs underlines the pressing need for the Humanitarian Response Plan currently being developed by WHO and its health cluster partners to ensure critical frontline health care services to conflict-affected populations in Iraq.

 WHO condemns attacks on health facilities in Yemen and calls for immediate access for a scaled-up health response

With the current shortage of ambulances, WHO is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Health and Population to relocate ambulances to governorates with the largest numbers of injured patients.
WHO/Yemen
With the current shortage of ambulances, WHO is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Health and Population to relocate ambulances to governorates with the largest numbers of injured patients.

27 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt -- As the humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, WHO calls for increased access for a scaled-up health response and an end to ongoing attacks on health care workers and health facilities.

Recent crises

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Health Emergency Highlights

This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Ukraine. WHO hosted a Member State briefing on the WHO response to Grade 3 emergencies.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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