WHO in emergencies
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.
29 December 2017 Sana’a – Joint statement by: WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WFP Executive Director David Beasley.
“More than 1000 days of families driven from their homes by brutal violence. 1000 days without enough food to eat and safe water to drink. 1000 days of bombed hospitals and damaged schools. 1000 days of children recruited to fight. 1000 days of disease and death … of unimaginable human suffering.
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.
8 December 2017 | Geneva - Uganda has successfully controlled an outbreak of Marburg virus disease and prevented its spread only weeks after it was first detected, the World Health Organization said on 8 December 2017.
7 December 2017 -Diphtheria is rapidly spreading among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO warned today. More than 110 suspected cases, including 6 deaths, have been clinically diagnosed by health partners, including Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC).
1 December 2017 - The International Coordinating Group (ICG) on vaccine provision for yellow fever has provided 1.4 million vaccine doses for an immunization campaign that starts on Saturday (2 December) to help control an ongoing yellow fever outbreak in Nigeria.
27 November 2017 – An unprecedented outbreak of pneumonic plague that started in August in Madagascar and killed more than 200 people is declining – but WHO cautions that the response must be sustained.
Outbreaks and crises
What we do
Disease Outbreak News (DONs)
Hepatitis E – Namibia
Cholera – United Republic of Tanzania
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Malaysia
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates