WHO in emergencies
13 February 2018 - WHO is scaling up its response to an outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, which has spread to 17 states and may have infected up to 450 people in less than five weeks. “The high number of Lassa fever cases is concerning. We are observing an unusually high number of cases for this time of year.” said Dr. Wondimagegnehu Alemu, WHO Representative to Nigeria.
Medicine on the move
WHO ramps up health support to camps in northeastern Syria in response to huge population movements
Nigeria set to vaccinate 25 million people, its biggest yellow fever campaign ever
24 January 2018, Abuja - The Government of Nigeria launched a mass vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of yellow fever on January 25 with support from the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. More than 25 million people will be vaccinated throughout 2018, in the largest yellow fever vaccination drive in the country’s history.
WHO airlifts 200 tonnes of health supplies to Yemen
SANA’A, 18 January 2018 — The World Health Organization has delivered 200 tonnes of life-saving medicines and health supplies to Yemen. Four United Nations planes carrying the cargo landed in Sana’a Airport this week.
WHO supports the immunization of 1 million people against cholera in Zambia
January 2017 – According to Health Minister Dr Chitalu Chilufya, the campaign will bring the life-saving oral cholera vaccine to the people who need it most. He also highlighted the role that communities can play in preventing the spread of the disease.
Key results in 2017
WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in emergencies – whether caused by conflict, disease outbreak or a disaster. View some of the key results of our emergency programme in 2017.
21 December 2017 - As bacterial meningitis season begins in West Africa this year, a convergence of factors is threatening the region with large outbreaks affecting millions. A new hyper-invasive strain of meningococcal meningitis serogroup C is circulating at the same time that an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the region’s ability to minimize the number of persons affected. The risk of imminent large-scale epidemics is dangerously high.
Outbreaks and crises
What we do
Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
Cholera – Mozambique
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
Yellow fever – Brazil
Hepatitis E – Namibia