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South Sudan: Cholera and conflict - donor alert

WHO/J. Ebrahim

22 July 2016 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and Health Cluster partners are responding to an outbreak of cholera on top of escalating violence in South Sudan, with 162 cases of the disease reported in Duk and Juba Counties as of 22 July.

This is in a country already facing a long-standing crisis. Some 1.6 million people were already displaced and 4.7 million were in need of health services prior to the recent escalation of the conflict. WHO is appealing for greater financial support for the health response to this crisis.

Supporting the delivery of healthcare through partnership in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


27 July 2016 -- Some 49 partners are working together to respond to a multifaceted crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Known as the Health Cluster, this group of non-governmental and UN organizations is working together, under the co-leadership of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization, to reach 6 million people with health services in 2016.

Dr Ahmed Zouiten, from the Global Health Cluster secretariat, recently visited DR Congo to see what additional support is needed.

WHO Grade 2 emergency

Myanmar: WHO and Health Cluster partners support rapid health assessments and response in flood-affected areas, Rakhine State

WHO and Health Cluster partners support rapid health assessments and response in flood-affected areas, Rakhine State
WHO/Ye Zin Zin

July 2016 -- Since the beginning of July 2016 heavy monsoonal rains have hit several areas of Myanmar, resulting in floods in five townships of Rakhine State and putting other States and Regions of the country (Sagaing and Magway regions, Chin state) on high alert for flooding risk. Around 27,000 people have been affected by flooding according to Government and UN estimates, and many remain displaced due to high water levels in their townships.

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