Humanitarian Health Action

Gaza conflict - expanding mental-health services in Gaza

Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict in Gaza.
WHO Gaza
Mervat and her family in Gaza. Members of her family have suffered psychosocial scars from the recent conflict 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.

Syrian Arab Republic health situation

12 September 2014 --The World Health Organization (WHO) together with SARC delivered medical assistance from Damascus to hard-to-reach locations in Daraa and Rural Damascus governorates. Health authorities in the three opposition-controlled villages Bosra, Al-Hirak and Jasim received antibiotics and medicines for chronic diseases to treat over 108 000 people. Additional medical supplies were prepositioned for future distribution to other villages.

WHO responding to serious health concerns in conflict-affected Ukraine

An elderly returnee to Sloviansk is comforted by her daughter-in-law. The old woman's home is on the most heavily damaged areas of the city. Her house was hit by artillery and needs major repairs, she fears not to be able to afford.
UNHCR/I. Zimova

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.

Iraq health situation - massive polio campaing despite the ongoing conflict


2 September 2014, Erbil, Amman -– Despite the ongoing conflict, violence and displacement across Iraq, a mass polio immunization campaign succeeded in reaching 3.75 out of 4 million children under the age of 5. The five-day campaign was organized by Ministry of Health, UNICEF and WHO, and was part of the national response to the re-emergence of the poliovirus in Iraq earlier this year. The campaign comes at a time when the number of displaced children continues to increase on a daily basis. Approximately 65 000 internally displaced children were vaccinated in the Kurdish Duhok governorate alone.

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