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Donor contributions make it possible for WHO to provide technical assistance, medical supplies and coordination services during humanitarian emergencies. As the lead agency of the Health Cluster, WHO works with UN agencies, NGOs and other partners to address the needs of people in crisis in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. To continue our work and to increase our capacity, funding to both WHO's 'Five Year Plan to Strengthen WHO's Capacity for Humanitarian Health Action' and for the 'Consolidated Appeal' is vital.

Health Emergency Highlights

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    This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crises in South Sudan and Pakistan, WHO's role in the United Nations Mission for Emergency Ebola Response and the WHO Project Management in Emergencies workshop.
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News 2014

  • October 2014

    Syrian Arab Republic Donor Update 2014 (Q3)

    The conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to deteriorate, giving rise to the critical humanitarian situation. This report highlights activities conducted in the third quarter 2014, milestones achieved, challenges and mitigation measures adopted, priorities for the fourth quarter and WHO's strategic interventions under SHARP.

  • July - September 2014

    Donor snapshots of WHO response to the health impact of the Syrian crises in neighbouring countries

    The ongoing conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic continues to force Syrians to flee to the neighbouring countries - Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The WHO Country Offices in these countries are working with the Ministries of Health to endure that the displaced Syrians have access to primary and secondary health care services. The influx of refugees has impacted the health systems of these countries. These Donor Snapshots provide, for each country, information on the current situation, key health issues, achievements and strategic interventions for the remainder of 2014.

  • October 2014

    Health response to the crisis in Gaza

    Years of occupation, blockade and conflict have weakened the health system in Gaza. WHO requires US$ 8.7 million to address the health needs of populations affected by the crisis in Gaza.

  • September 2014

    WHO responding to unprecedented scale of humanitarian emergencies

    For the first time ever, WHO is leading the health response to five major humanitarian crises at the same time. More than 60 million people, from West Africa to Iraq, urgently require a wide range of health-care services.

  • September 2014

    The crisis in the Central African Republic has been graded at Level 3 since 11 December 2013. Health partners have scaled up their interventions but have not reached all the population in need due to security and financial challenges. This Special Information Brief provides information on the health situation and health humanitarian response nine months after the Level 3 declaration.

  • August 2014

    Mid-year funding for Strategic Response Plans and other appeals

    WHO and Health Sector mid-year funding status for 2014 Strategic Response Plans and other appeals

  • 21 August 2014

    Kuwaiti aid to WHO improves health for Syrians affected by conflict

    Geneva-- A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.

  • 19 August 2014

    Saudi Arabia supports WHO's response to the Iraq crisis

    Erbil - Humanitarian health services in Iraq have received a much-needed boost through a $US 49 million grant provided by Saudi Arabia to WHO for its response to the health crisis facing millions of people affected by the ongoing conflict in Iraq.

  • 15 August 2014

    Ukraine humanitarian crisis donor alert

    Heavy fighting continues in the eastern part of Ukraine. The population within the affected areas (4 million people) is facing serious security threats along with a lack of access to water health care and electricity. There has been widespread looting and destruction of health care facilities. WHO is appealing for US$ 7.8 million for its response activities over the next five months.

  • 13 August 2014

    Syria crisis

    WHO held a briefing “Whole Syria Approach: health challenges, response to-date, and looking ahead to 2015”in Amman, Jordan. The Syrian Arab Republic has been subjected to over three years of conflict, characterized by a continued deterioration of the health situation. WHO briefed partners on WHO’s response to the crisis in Syria including priorities and achievements in health.

  • 8 August 2014

    Gaza crises - WHO donor alert

    On 7 July 2014, a humanitarian emergency was declared in the Gaza Strip, following an escalation in hostilities involving intense Israeli aerial, tank and navy bombardment and Palestinian rocket firing into Israel. The conflict has resulted in 1900 persons killed (including more than 400 children) and 10 000 injured, widespread destruction of buildings and essential infrastructure like the Gaza power plant, and the displacement of 300 000 persons from their homes and sheltering in UNRWA schools. Three ambulance workers were killed evacuating patients in Rafah.

  • July 2014

    Pakistan - North Waziristan displacement donor update

    Over 950 000 people from the North Waziristan Agency of Federaly Administered Tribal Areas have been displaced to neighbouring districts in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as a result of clashes with the security forces. WHO is requesting US$ 4.6 million to address the health priorities in the IDP crisis in the next six months.

  • July 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic donor update 2014 Q2

    The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to escalate during Q2. The past three months have been marked by continuing conflict, with pockets of sustained high-intensity fighting. There have been no major changes in the balance of power in the central and southern regions, in spite of government gains in these areas.The number of people in need has therefore increased significantly due to barriers accessing humanitarian assistance, reduced agricultural production, scarce employment opportunities, decreased purchasing power, and exhausted coping mechanisms

  • June 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic donor health updates in the region

  • 18 June 2014

    Iraq - Meeting health needs of IDPs and refugees in northern Iraq

    The violence caused by the recent advance of militias in the north of Iraq has left over 300 000 people displaced in the last ten days in addition to the 250 000 Syrian refugees already in the area. WHO is urgently seeking funding support in the amount of US$ 10 million to address the main health concerns: trauma care, access to health services especially for maternal and child health, and reactivating the supply of medicines and vaccination services.

  • 6 June 2014

    South Sudan - Response to the cholera outbreak and humanitarian crisis

    Cholera is currently the main public health concern in South Sudan. Since the beginning of the outbreak on 23 April, a total of 1306 cases have been confirmed, with a case fatality rate of 2.2% (more than double the emergency threshold of 1%). This outbreak occurs in an already fragile health system in a country where civil unrest has left 1.4 million internally displaced and 360 000 refugees. WHO has developed a donor brief and funding request to continue supporting Health Cluster and WHO relief activities in South Sudan.

  • May 2014

    Philippines - Six months afther the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

    In response to Typhoon Haiyan, the World Health Organization (WHO) received aid from a number of donors to provide essential and emergency healthcare to the affected populations. Contributions were received from the Governments of Australia, Canada, Japan, Kuwait, Monaco, Norway, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom. Funding was also received from the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations and from the Japan Private Kindergarten Association along with staff from the WHO Non-governmental Organization Consortium and members of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

  • 9 April 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic - WHO supports provision of vital medicines with funding from the Government of Kuwait

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a contribution of US$ 10 million from the Government of Kuwait to support its activities in Syria as a result of the crisis. This contribution is a continuation of the US$ 35 million support already provided by Kuwait in 2013.

  • January - March 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic WHO Donor Update 2014 (Q1)

    The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has been steadily escalating in the first quarter 2014. The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care. This report describes the current health situation in the Syrian Arab Republic and WHO’s response to reduce morbidity and mortality in the Syrian population. The report calls on donors to support the WHO strategic interventions under the SHARP 2014, with WHO requiring US$ 178 309 652 in order to continue providing essential health care services.

  • February 2014

    South Sudan Health emergency response funding proposal

    Project proposal responing to health needs of the affected people in the Republic of South Sudan crisis

  • 16 February 2014

    South Sudan crisis donor brief and funding request

    WHO Director General declared 12 February 2014 the South Sudan crises a grade 3 emergency. Following WHO’s Emergency Response Framework performance standards, an Emergency Health Leader was immediately deployed to Juba to support the country office relief efforts. The humanitarian conditions of people displaced and affected by violence has been quickly deteriorating, it is expected that by June 2014 1 million people will be internally displaced. More than 4.2 million are in need of health services, of which WHO and health cluster partners envisage to target 1.9 million for basic health services, prevention and response to outbreaks and upply of live saving medicines.

  • 16 January 2014

    The Syrian Arab Republic - Briefing on the response to the Syria crisis and neighbouring countries

    WHO delivered a briefing for donors and partners on the health situation and response in the Syrian Arab Republic, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Inputs were provided from countries on the health situation for Syrian refugees in the region including challenges and needs. WHO also identified strategic priorities and needs for 2014.

  • 6 January 2014

    South Sudan health response to the conflict

    A new wave of civil conflict and violence in South Sudan has left around 189,000 newly displaced people in a dire humanitarian situation. The precarious sanitary conditions in IDP camps, the disruption of health services and the risk of communicable diseases have prompted WHO to scale up its operations in the country. The Organization is appealing for US$ 4.1 million for immediate support for coordination, emergency health care and disease surveillance.


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.

WHO Grade 3 Emergencies contributions and pledges

Country fact sheets

Consolidated information (by country) on crises and their effects on a country including the health situation, health priorities, WHO/health partners response and funding requirements.

Events