Humanitarian Health Action

Health emergency highlights

Each monthly issue of the Health Emergency Highlights contains information on the current humanitarian context, the health priorities and response operations in the three to four focus countries for that month. Each issue also highlights policy work in the area of health humantiarian action done by WHO and partners, events and thematic issues related to health in emergencies.

Health emergency highlights #47

WHO is boosting lifesaving care for injured civilians in Iraq; providing vaccines to control meningitis C in Nigeria; calling for increased support for health in the Syrian Arab Republic and implementing a famine response plan in South Sudan. 
WHO’s work to prepare for and prevent disease outbreaks includes vaccinating 5 million children in Yemen, updating yellow fever vaccination recommendations for Brazil and conducting simultaneous vaccination campaigns against polio in four countries.  WHO also considers bioethics in its response to Zika virus.

Health emergency highlights #46

WHO has sent yellow fever vaccines to Brazil; provided health services and essential medicines to displaced people in Yemen; airlifted ambulances into Iraq; provided medicines and supplies to stabilization centres in Nigeria to treat Severe Acute Malnutrition; expanded mental health care services across the Syrian Arab Republic and; provided technical expertise in the cholera response in Somalia. 
WHO’s work on preparedness and monitoring for emergencies includes working with partners to build a resilient health system in South Sudan; launching a podcast series on Zika virus; updating the WHO Simulation Exercise Manual and; posting Joint External Evaluation reports for Sierra Leone, Somalia and Sudan.

Health emergency highlights #45

WHO is helping to contain a Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria; sending cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines to Yemen; delivering mobile clinics to northern Syrian Arab Republic; immunizing over 3 million children against polio in South Sudan; and developing a Zika country classification scheme to help public health authorities assess the risk of Zika virus. WHO activated an emergency response plan following the reported use of chemical weapons agents in Iraq.
WHO's work to strengthen health security includes tracking vaccine deliveries and vaccination campaigns; supporting the Government of Tanzania to develop a National Action Plan for Health Security; and guiding laboratories to implement quality management.

Health emergency highlights #44

WHO is scaling up its health response in crisis-affected countries: working to provide critical health services for 1.5 million people in Somalia; providing health assistance to 8.2 million people in the Lake Chad Basin; assisting the crumbling health system in Yemen; and preparing to meet the urgent health needs of 750 000 residents in west Mosul, Iraq. WHO has secured oral cholera vaccines in an effort to contain cholera in hard to reach areas in South Sudan, including some recently affected by famine.

In February, the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak. Also, WHO interviewed experts on how to respond to outbreaks such as Zika in the future. Thirty Joint External Evaluations (JEE) have been conducted within the first year of launching the JEEs.

Health emergency highlights #43

One year after WHO declared Zika a public health emergency, staff around the world tell their stories about managing the Zika virus in their region and how the response will be handled moving forward. And one year after the end of Ebola, a new report details the work over the past 12 months, particularly in supporting Ebola survivors and continuing vital research into the disease.
In the past few months WHO has deployed medical teams to provide urgently needed health services for internally displaced people in Yemen and emergency health kits were sent to Ukraine to address the health needs of over 300,000 patients. WHO has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Health in South Sudan to strengthen disease surveillance, outbreak response and health care services to save lives.
WHO is working to prevent crises before they occur: one tool is the Joint External Evaluations that measure country specific progress in preventing, detecting, and responding to public health threats. The 29th Joint External Evaluation was concluded in Ghana this month.
WHO answers questions on how, in emergencies, people are at a higher risk of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. WHO/Europe strengthened support to national authorities to build the resilience of health facilities in emergencies using the Hospital Safety Index. Working with partners, WHO aims to ensure emergency medical teams deploying to disasters are trained and equipped to respond.

Health emergency highlights #42

First, 10 things to know about the Syrian crisis. In the past two weeks, as the conflict in Mosul, Iraq intensified, WHO increased trauma care services to ensure patients have a greater chance of survival. WHO provided lab personnel in South Sudan with training to ensure timely and reliable identification of diseases and scaled up measles vaccination to reach 2.3 million children. In Mosul, WHO and partners ensured polio vaccination reached 6 million children.
In January, WHO published the list of priority diseases that need urgent research and development to prevent public health emergencies in the near future. A report on WHO's response in severe, large-scale emergencies was delivered to the 140th Executive Board. WHO’s Regional Emergencies Director for the African Region, gives an overview of the emergencies in the African Region, and the work that prevents most incidents from escalating. WHO is working with the UN Central Emergency Response fund to provide health services in response to forgotten crises around the world. Finally, Management of Dead Bodies after Disasters: a manual for first responders, a joint publication by WHO and partners, was updated and published to provide simple, practical guidance for first responders.

Health emergency highlights #41

This issue begins by reviewing the key achievements for WHO's work in emergencies in 2016. In the last weeks of 2016, WHO confirmed that an experimental Ebola vaccine is highly protective against the deadly virus. WHO and partners are leading a measles vaccination campaign in Nigeria to protect more than 4 million children against an outbreak. In Iraq, WHO's response has saved hundreds of lives, particularly through the delivery of supplies and services to treat trauma injuries. WHO’s teams in the Syrian Arab Republic and Turkey are providing on-going support to the evacuations from eastern Aleppo. WHO leadership of the international response to Zika virus continues. In 2016, the sixth country team passed WHO’s rigorous classification process and was verified by the Emergency Medical Team Initiative to deploy and set up a fully staffed field hospital in the event of an emergency. Finally, Executive Director Pete Salama outlined how the new emergencies programme bridges two worlds.

Health emergency highlights #40

In this issue: WHO Emergency Response Plans 2017; One third of health facilities in Borno State are not functioning;WHO supports overwhelmed primary health care centre in Mosul; As thousands flee Aleppo, WHO delivers health care; Over 155,000 migrant children immunized in South Sudan; Zika virus is here to stay and remains a health challenge; Winning the war against yellow fever; Mapping the health system in Yemen; Cholera campaign for Haitians hardest hit by hurricane.

Health emergency highlights #39

In this issue: WHO Health Emergencies Programme progress and priorities; PAHO-WHO's Director of Health Emergencies answers your questions; WHO and partners gear up to safeguard lives in Mosul; WHO supports the response to crisis in north eastern Nigeria; Early warnings on disease outbreaks help guide WHO's response; Haiti - a journey of lifesaving supplies; What is cholera? Find answers to your questions; Live to Tell....A life saved is the greatest benefit of reducing disaster risk; Zika Strategic Response Plan Quarterly update, October 2016; and How is yellow fever transmitted?

Health emergency highlights #38

In this issue: WHO calls for a stop to the killing and the attacks on healthcare in Aleppo; Global Health Crises: Implementing lessons learnt; All people have the right to health, regardless of their legal status; Elimination of Yellow fever Epidemics: Resetting the yellow fever strategy; WHO and partners battle multiple disease outbreaks in South Sudan; WHO trains health workers on Early Warning and Alert System in Nigeria; Health services decline as conflict in Yemen continues; WHO calls for stronger measures against Zika; The distribution of Zika virus, 2013 - 2016; Prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus

Health emergency highlights #37

In this issue: WHO scales up response to humanitarian crisis in Nigeria; South Sudan health crisis worsens; updating Member States on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq; protecting people against yellow fever; supporting the delivery of healthcare through partnership; World Humanitarian Day - August 19; keeping the global community informed about Zika; Independent Oversight and Advisory committee for WHO Health Emergencies Programme; and Global Surge Training - testing th "new skeleton" of emergency operations

Health emergency highlights #36

In this issue: Executive Director for WHO Health Emergencies Programme appointed; WHO's Health Emergencies Programme begins with experience; Ensuring more effective collaboration in health emergencies; Emergency yellow fever vaccination campaigns launched in Angola ad the Democratic Republic of the Congo; WHO, governments and health agencies commit to advancing global health security; Delivering health in some of the world's worst crises through mobile clinics and medical teams; Attacks on Healthcare Dashboard and; the Latest contributions to fund WHO's work for emergencies

Health emergency highlights issue #35

In this issue: Renewed partnerships build momentum for WHO's new Health Emergencies Programme; Mobile clinics provide health care in some of the world's worst crises; China and Russia join WHO's Emergency Medical Team Initiative; WHO releases new report on attacks on health care; Health challenges and needs in South Sudan; What is WHO doing to respond to the longstanding humanitarian crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic; Health a key focus at the World Humanitarian Summit; Latest contributions to fund WHO's work for emergencies

  • Health emergency highlights issue #34
    In this issue: How will the new WHO Health emergencies Programme work;What to expect at the World Health Assembly; Impossible choices - what would you do; Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan; Health a key focus at the world Humanitarian Summit; and the latest contributions to fund WHO's work for emergencies.
  • Health Emergency Highlights issue #33
    In this issue: WHO Humanitarian Response Plans 2016 launch; achieving the sustainable Development Goals in protracted crises; one year on, healing continues in Nepal; wide-ranging support from Japan; health critical for changing humanitarian agenda at the World Humanitarian Summit and beyond; and contributions to Who's work in humanitarian emergencies.
  • Health Emergency Highlights issue #32
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    In this issue: Five years into the Syrian conflict: WHO steps up its humanitarian response; WHO Humanitarian Response plans 2016; WHO provides health emergency assistance to Fiji following Tropical cyclone Winston; WHO delivers medicines to some of the hardest hits areas of Yemen; European Medical Corps joins the Global Health Emergency Workforce; WHO co-organizes post-Sendai conference with Thailand and UNISDR; Financial contributions to WHO's humanitarian response operations.
  • Health Emergency Highlights issue #31
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    In this issue: Libya conflict leaves nearly 2 million in need of health care; EWARS in a box - piloting an early warning system for disease detection and response in South Sudan; WHO launches El Niño and Health Global Overview; WHO’s commitment to support people affected by the Syria crisis

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The distribution of the Monthly Highlights was interrupted in September 2011. As of November 2012 they have been replaced by Health in emergencies highlights.

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The distribution of the weekly Highlights was interrupted in February 2010. As of September 2010 they have been replaced by a more comprehensive monthly version.