September 2014 -- For the first time ever, WHO is leading the health response to five major humanitarian crises at the same time. More than 60 million people, from West Africa to Iraq, urgently require a wide range of health-care services. The five crises have, due to their scale and the emergency health response required, each been categorized as Grade 3 (G3) emergencies, the highest grading determined by WHO as part of its Emergency Response Framework. The ERF grades emergencies across three levels, with Grade 3 being the most serious.
Gaza conflict - expanding mental-health services in Gaza
12 September 2014 -- Following the recent conflict in Gaza, WHO estimates that an expected 360 000 people – 20% of Gaza’s population – are suffering a range of mental health challenges. Studies have shown that armed conflict causes significant levels of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychologist Hasan Zeyada lost close family himself during the recent hostilities and continues to support people who need help.
9 September 2014 ¦ Geneva/Kiev--The crisis in eastern Ukraine is creating a looming health emergency as hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and are living in varying and often exposed conditions as winter approaches, many without official status either as internally displaced persons or as refugees.
GRADE 3 emergencies
Global Health Cluster
Humanitarian health response
Global Humanitarian response
Emergency health programmes in regions and countries
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.