Humanitarian Health Action

Donor centre archive 2012

  • November 2012 -

    Health Emergency Highlights

  • 19 December 2012

    Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees - January to June 2013

    A Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees was launched 19 December. The escalation of the violence in Syria in 2012 has led to a sevenfold increase in the number of Syrian refugees known to humanitarian organizations. A large-scale humanitarian response continues to be required to address the needs of refugees already present in host countries and those of the new refugees who continue to pour into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey, at a rate of up to several thousand a day. The Refugee Response Plan for Syrian Refugees aims to provide lifesaving assistance to refugees while ensuring that the cost of their welcome is not borne by the countries of asylum alone, or by the many local communities which have already shown considerable generosity despite their limited means.

  • December 2012

    Response to the crisis caused by Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines

    Typhoon Bopha (locally referred to as “Pablo”) struck the Philippines in eastern Mindanao on 4 December. The typhoon caused heavy rains and flooding affecting 5 412 140 people in 287 cities and municipalities. As of 11 December, there were 714 deaths, 1906 injuries and 890 missing people, mainly in Compostela Valley province. WHO is supporting health authorities and health partners to coordinate the response to the affected population. An estimated US$ 750 000 is urgently needed for the initial response phase.

  • November 2012

    Response to the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    There are many factors affecting the health and humanitarian situation across the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conflict, population movements, a food crisis and disease outbreaks are taking place in a country with a weak health system. The Health cluster is requesting US$ 39.5 million to address the health needs of the population affected by recurrent diseases in vulnerable areas of DRC.

  • 30 October 2012

    Response to the flooding in Nigeria

    Nigeria is experiencing the worst flooding in 50 years. It has left at least 431 people dead and over one million displaced. The Federal Capital Territory and 35 out of 37 states have been affected. Of the 35 affected, 14 have suffered severe damage including destruction of bridges and civil infrastructure, health facilities and homes. WHO is requesting US$ 1 million to address the health needs of the affected populations over the next six months.

  • September 2012

    Cholera in Sierra Leone

    Since mid-July, the number of cases of cholera in Sierra Leone have greatly increased (to over 250 per day in August) and the epidemic has rapidly spread to twelve out of the thirteen districts in the country. As of 10 September a total of 17 319 cases with 259 deaths have been reported with a case fatality rate of 1.5%. UN and partner agencies have scaled-up their response to the outbreak. However, there is a gap of US$ 1.2 million for the health sector to sustain the implementation of key cholera response interventions.

  • 20 August 2012

    Crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic

    Cairo, Egypt – In the past weeks the fighting has spread to all fourteen governorates of the country. The main challenge for the health sector is access to health care, including a severe shortage of medicines and the safety of health personnel and patients. The Syria Humanitarian Response Plan 2012 is now being revised to address the new situation and needs. WHO is asking for US$31 million to cover operations until the end of the year. The updated version of the Syria Humanitarian Response Plan will be made available by OCHA in the coming days.

  • 16 April 2012

    Response to the food and health crisis in the Sahel

    The Sahel suffers from chronic malnutrition. With the poor harvest and increasing food insecurity, there are serious concerns of a full-scale disaster this year. There are an estimated 20 million people living in vulnerable areas and 15.6 million of these people are affected by food insecurity. Malnutrition makes people, particularly children under five, weaker and more prone to disease. This crisis is further exacerbated because it is occurring in countries with very fragile health systems and services. WHO is calling for health interventions to urgently be scaled up, mainly in areas not yet covered, to complement on-going nutrition and food interventions. A total of US$ 14.2 million is required by WHO to cover the costs of the response operation over the next twelve months.

  • 13 March 2012

    Crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic

    The civil uprising in Syria started with public demonstrations on 26 January 2011. Following mass protests in Daraa two months later, the situation quickly developed into a nationwide uprising. Since then, there have been clashes between government and opposition forces in several cities including the indiscriminate shelling of urban residential areas by government forces.

  • January 2012

    Tropical storm Washi

    Tropical storm Washi struck the Southern Philippines on 16 December 2011, leaving a trail of devastation in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island. The ensuing floods, which were almost tsunami-like in their impact, killed more than 1000 people, injured almost 2000, and affected over 640 000 others. Of the US$ 28.5 million needed for the emergency response, WHO and health partners are seeking US$1 763 397 (6%) to meet the emergency health needs of around 300 000 people.