Humanitarian Health Action

Conflict and humanitarian crisis in Central African Republic

WHO/Central African Republic

11 April 2014 -- The priority health needs are access to essential health services, strengthening disease surveillance and the availability of health resources. The first three causes of morbidity are malaria , diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections with a tendency proportional malaria increased since week 13. A cholera outbreak is confirmed in in northern Cameroon on the border of Central African Republic. Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) has been implemented to better identify epidemiological risks and the availability of resources.

South Sudan health situation

10 April 2014 -- The third round of the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) campaign conducted by Medair started in Tongping on 9 April 2014 and a total of 452 people were vaccinated. HIV/AIDs and TB services have been initiated in UN House in Juba III by IMC, Juba Teaching Hospital, and MSF-B with the support from MoH, WHO and UNAIDS. The Health Cluster has delivered 965 099 medical interventions to internally displaced persons and host populations across the country.

WHO delivers medical supplies to hard-to-reach areas in north-east Syria

People loading medicine from a truck.
Stock photo: WHO/T. Jasarevic

25 March 2014 -- A 78-truck United Nations convoy has delivered humanitarian supplies for thousands of vulnerable and displaced people in the Syrian Arab Republic. Medical supplies included in the convoy and contributed by WHO, will cover the needs of 60 000 people and 1000 surgical interventions. A series of airlifts from Damascus have already delivered medical supplies from WHO for more than 335 000 vulnerable and displaced Syrians.

Ebola Haemorrhagic Fever in Guinea

25 March 2014 - The Ministry of Health (MoH) of Guinea has notified WHO of a rapidly evolving outbreak of Ebola haemorrhagic fever in forested areas south eastern Guinea. The cases have been reported in Guekedou, Macenta, and Kissidougou districts. As of 25 March 2014, a total of 86 suspected cases including 60 deaths (case fatality ratio: 69.7%) had been reported. Four health care workers are among the victims. Reports of suspected cases in border areas of Liberia and Sierra Leone are being investigated.

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