Humanitarian Health Action

Ministry of Health coordinates efforts with WHO to respond to measles outbreak in Sudan

WHO and the Ministry of Health actively search for cases of acute flaccid paralysis among the Rashaida tribal community, Gedarif State, Sudan. Gedarif borders with Ethiopia and is considered a high-risk area.

14 March 2016 – For years polio has been a thorn in the side of the Ministry of Health of Sudan and WHO who have worked together to stave off the debilitating disease. Although now officially polio free, Sudan is considered one of the most at-risk countries in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. Protracted conflict and insecurity has weakened the national health system and compromised people’s access to basic health services, including routine immunization. Mass internal displacement, nomadic population movement and inaccessible areas have made it challenging for health workers to reach every child under-5 years of age across the country with repeat doses of oral polio vaccine (OPV). And porous borders and refugee influxes from neighbouring countries have compounded logistical challenges and the country’s vulnerability to cross-border infection.

Health in Sudan: WHO deplores attacks on health workers and health facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen

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29 January 2015 - The World Health Organization deplores the recent attacks on health staff and health facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen, and expresses deep concern about the serious implications of these attacks on patients, medical personnel and health infrastructure.

Predicting gaps in health service availability (HeRAMS) in Darfur, Sudan

A hospital in Darfur

The Health Resources Availability Mapping System (HeRAMS) was piloted in Darfur, Sudan in 2008. The system aims to provide complete and systematic mapping of health resources and services available in crisis-affected areas. The information is continually updated. The HeRAMS approach provided key information on the availability of health services at a critical time for decision-making in Darfur and allowed for timely predictions of the evolving situation and needs.

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