Humanitarian Health Action

Donor centre archive 2013

Health emergency highlights

  • 11 December 2013

    WHO responding to crises in the Central African Republic

    As of 11 December 2013, the security and humanitarian situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is continuing to deteriorate, with inter-communal violence on the rise. Grave human rights violations have become widespread across the country, but particularly in Bangui, Ouham-Pendé and Ouham, confirming fears of a descent into inter-communal and inter-religious violence, fuelled by the deep political crisis, lack of effective security forces and absence of the rule of law. Clashes between rival armed groups are reported to have led to some 450 deaths in recent days in Bangui alone.

  • 21 November 2013

    Philippines: Typhoon Haiyan donations

    As of 21 November 2013, WHO received funding and firm commitments from Australia, Canada, Japan, Norway and the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for a total of US$ 8.7 million. Rapid deployment of staff and medical supplies has been made possible thanks to contributions made earlier in 2013 to enhance WHO’s surge capacity for acute emergencies from the governments of the Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States of America, and from the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO).

  • 10 November 2013

    WHO responding to health needs caused by Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”)

    11 November 2013 -- WHO has activated an organization-wide mobilization to work closely with the Department of Health, Philippines to organize relief efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda. The Philippines Government estimates that some 4.5 million people have been affected. WHO is mobilizing supplies to assist the government in providing a coordinated, effective and rapid response.

  • October 2013

    Current situation and health reponse in the Syrian Arab Republic

    The adverse impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable people continues to increase, heightened by the impaired Syrian health system. Even where those in need can access health services, positive health outcomes are undermined by psychological stress factors, hygiene constraints, sub optimal nutrition and, importantly, a lack of medicines, supplies and equipment. To respond to the acute health needs of the estimated 6.8 million people affected by the crisis, including IDPs, until the end of the year WHO requires an additional US$ 56 million.

  • June 2013

    Health in the Syrian Arab Republic

    Over the last six months, the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to deteriorate. In addition to a death toll that has already surpassed 80 000 persons, there are and estimated
    400 000 people injured, including children, and 6.8 million in need of humanitarian aid. The health system is severely disrupted, compromising the provision of primary and secondary health care, the referral of injured patients, treatment of chronic diseases, maternal and child health services, vaccination and nutrition programmes as well as communicable disease control.

  • June 2013

    Revised appeals for the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and the neighbouring countries

    The United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries to approximately US$4.4 billion. Health requirements in this appeal amount to US$177 million for the Syrian Arab Republic, representing 12% of the total, and US$242 million for neighbouring countries, representing 19% of the total. The health aspects of the two appeals are restricted to priority life-saving health needs and medicines, and by no means aim to cover all that is needed for comprehensive health care.

  • April 2013

    Update on the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic

    The World Health Organization requires US$ 39.8 million until June 2013 to respond to the acute health needs of populations affected by the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, estimated at almost four million persons, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees.

  • February 2013

    Health response to the crisis in Mali

    Health Cluster partners require US$ 29 million to address the health needs of the population affected by the crisis in Mali in 2013, of which US$ 12 million are urgently needed for priority activities in the next six months

  • January 2013

    Health response to the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries

    As the humanitarian situation continues to worsen, WHO has designated the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries a Grade 3 emergency based on the criteria in its Emergency Response Framework. The latest assessments estimate that over four million people have been affected in all 14 governorates of the country. In addition, over 500 000 refugees have fled to five of the neighbouring countries.


Guidelines for donors

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.