Humanitarian Health Action

Donor centre - Funding needs and support

Vaccination teams work to keep Iraq polio free and combat the spread of cholera

13 October 2015, Baghdad – A nationwide campaign to vaccinate 5.8 million children in Iraq against polio ended on 11 October after a 2-day extension recommended by the Ministry of Health of Iraq to achieve maximum vaccination coverage. The current campaign aims to keep Iraq polio free and also included the dissemination of information to 1.5 million households across the country on how to detect, prevent and treat cholera.


Syria crises: Donor update Q2 (April - June)

July -- According to the United Nations, the conflict in Syria has brought about the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. More than 12.2 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Almost 8 million people have been internally displaced, and over 4 million have fled to bordering countries, particularly Turkey and Lebanon.

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

WHO's emergency reform process is focused on strenghtening and consolidating eh Organization's capacities and partnerships to respond to and prepare for all crises that impact on people's health and disrupt the delivery of health care services. WHO is undertaking a thorough review and reform of its capacities in emergency risk management and response to outbreaks and emergencies with health and humanitarian consequences.


Yemen crisis: UN CERF releases urgently needed funds to WHO for life-saving medicines

26 June 2015 -- The World Health Organization’s response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8,021,884 in funding from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). The contribution is the largest allocation of funding from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.

WHO is committed to saving lives and reducing suffering in times of crisis. Yet we can only carry out this important work if we have the resources to do so.

We need the support of the international community to achieve our aspiration – a WHO that is well-equipped to respond quickly and effectively to any emergency which threatens the lives and health of people anywhere in the world.

Together we can minimize the health consequences of crises today and in future.

Donations, firm pledges and funding gap Grade 3 and Grade 2 emergencies

Updated 30 September 2015