Humanitarian Health Action

WHO expresses concern over disease outbreaks in its response to Fallujah crisis

Mobile clinics in Amiriyat Al Allujah camp
UNAMI
Mobile clinics in Amiriyat Al Allujah camp

Baghdad, 16 June 2016: WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan arrived in Baghdad yesterday to review firsthand WHO’s response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Fallujah city, where more than 42 000 Iraqis have been displaced since the beginning of the military operations in the city in May 2016. Tens of thousands of besieged and displaced men, women, children and older people face major health risks as they lack adequate access to health services.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO reaches more people in need with lifesaving treatments in Duma

WHO reaches more people in need with lifesaving treatments in Duma

13 June 2016 – Despite security challenges, WHO continues to reach people in besieged and hard-to-reach areas in Syria with health humanitarian assistance. These sites include Duma, Syria, where impediments to proper water and sanitation services have resulted in poor living, hygiene and sanitation conditions, as well as a lack of access to emergency and chronic disease medications and medical supplies.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

New Kit for the treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition launched by WHO in South Sudan

6 June 2016 - WHO launched the first ever drug module kit for the management of Severe Acute Malnutrition and Medical Complications in children. South Sudan is the first country in the world to introduce the use of the kit. The kit constitutes the most essential and basic medicine for the treatment of children with severe acute malnutrition and medical conditions. The kits comprise four basic modules of routine, basic, supplementary and malaria drugs.

WHO Grade 2 emergency

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Yellow fever vaccination campaign

WHO Representative Dr Yokouidé Allarangar checking the results of the 5th day emergency vaccination campaign of Yellow fever in the Kongo-Central province.
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WHO Representative Dr Yokouidé Allarangar checking the results of the 5th day emergency vaccination campaign of Yellow fever in the Kongo-Central province.

2 June 2016 -- WHO Representative underlines WHO's and other health partners strong commitment in the management and control of the Yellow fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With 35 new confirmed cases (out of the total 56 confirmed cases in the country) in nine health zones of the Kongo-Central province, it remains the most heavily affected area.

Recent crises

Partnership News

WHO operates in more than 40 countries dealing with humanitarian health emergencies of all kinds ranging from disease outbreaks to conflicts to natural disasters. WHO relies on partners through networks, such as:

In this issue: How will the new WHO Health Emergencies Programme work;What to expect at the World Health Assembly; Impossible choices - what would you do; Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan; Health a key focus at the world Humanitarian Summit; and the latest contributions to fund WHO's work for emergencies.

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

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

Events

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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