Humanitarian Health Action

Health situation in Yemen


30 July 2015, Sana’a, Yemen -- Since March 2015 almost 1.2 million children have been vaccinated against measles and polio in Yemen. Insecurity, shortage of fuel and electricity has caused that only 183 health facilities are partially functional and 190 non-functional. To secure functionality of the health facilities and services WHO has provided 745 190 litres of fuel since March. Health services in 27 districts in Aden, Hudaidaeh, Amran, Sana’a, Dhamar, and Hajjah governorates has been supported by 48 mobile health teams. Cases of dengue fever has decreased from 5697 to 4918 cases.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq

4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services.

Ministry of Health coordinates efforts with WHO to respond to measles outbreak in Sudan

4 August 2015 | Khartoum – The Federal Ministry of Health, in coordination with WHO, has mobilized financial and human resources to respond to the measles outbreak in Sudan. A 10-day vaccination campaign from 22 April to 1 May 2015, was funded by the Measles and Rubella Immunization Initiative and targeted 1.7 million children between 6 months to 15 years. The outbreak started in late December 2014 and affected 39 localities of Kassala and Gedaref States, Sennar, the Red Sea, and West, East and North Darfur states.The recorded administrative coverage was 101% and an independent survey coverage of 97.4%.

Recent crises


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose