Humanitarian Health Action

Donor center news archive

  • 16 August 2011

    WHO to procure essential supplies on behalf of the Libyan Government

    In response to the growing health crisis in Libya, the United Nations Sanctions Committee has approved the release of €100 million from the Central Bank of Libya to WHO to ensure the provision of essential medicines, vaccines and medical supplies for the whole of the country. While awaiting these funds, a list of priority items has been developed by WHO in collaboration with national authorities including the Ministry of Health in Tripoli and the Transitional National Council health authorities in Benghazi. It is expected that the first tranche of supplies will cover 8 weeks of consumption.

  • 10 August 2011

    WHO responds to essential health needs in the drought-stricken Horn of Africa

    WHO calls for US$ 23.4 million to counter malnutrition and the spread of disease in the Horn of Africa. The worst drought in decades in the Horn of Africa is putting the health of 12.4 million people at risk from disease and widespread malnutrition.

  • 31 July 2011

    CAP, flash and other appeals 2011: funding for the health sector and WHO

    Between 2006 and 2010, funding for WHO has averaged 41% of the amounts originally requested in the CAP, flash and other appeals. As of 5 July 2011, WHO had received about US$ 60 million from government and institutional sources to fund its activities in crises-affected countries. Fourteen of the 20 appeals had received less than 30% of the funds requested by WHO. The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has provided the largest institutional amount with US$ 16.4 million.

  • 23 May 2011

    KOFIH pledged US$ 130 000 to reinforce preparedness and response in the WHO South-East Asia Region

    The Korean Foundation for International Healthcare – Dr Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Fund (KOFIH) has pledged KRW 150 million (approx. US$ 130 000) to support the assessment of preparedness and response capacities in the WHO South-East Asia Region (SEARO).

  • 19 May 2011

    Continuing to improve women’s and children’s health in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

    WHO organized in Geneva a presentation on a long-term project to improve women’s and children’s health. The Ministry of Public Health of the DPRK, the Ministry of Unification of the Republic of Korea and the WHO Country Office and Regional Office presented the financial requirements that have to be met to sustain the project’s achievements so far. The interventions planned for 2011 require approximately US$ 14 million. A further US$ 82 million will be needed during the next two years.

  • 8 April 2011

    Revised emergency humanitarian action plan for Côte d'Ivoire

    Assessments have shown than more than 70% of displaced people and refugees have no access to health care. The melting down of the national health system and the population's increased poverty are raising the risks for malaria, diarrhoeal diseases, measles and acute respiratory infections, and leading to increased maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.

  • 31 March 2011

    Norway funds WHO with US$ 1.4 million to bring medical supplies into Libya

    Geneva, Oslo - The Government of Norway decided to provide emergency funding in order to ensure urgently required medical supplies reach the vulnerable population in Libya.

  • 29 March 2011

    Spain and WHO establish humanitarian assistance fund

    Geneva, Madrid -The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) and WHO signed an agreement establishing a humanitarian fund to provide timely and effective humanitarian assistance to populations affected by humanitarian crises.

  • 13 December 2010

    The Japan Association of Private Kindergartens (JAPK) generously contributed US$ 600 000 to WHO to support the people of Haiti

    The funds are the result of collective contributions from children, teachers and their families and friends who belong to the association. Many children between 2-5 years old who go to kindergartens in the association said they felt very sad to see images of people affected by the earthquake crying.

  • 29 September 2010

    Pakistan: estimating the financial needs and resources for the health response

    The Pakistan Initial Floods Emergency Response Plan (PIFERP) launched on 11 August and covering the first three months of the relief effort, contained an appeal for the health sector of US$ 56.2 million, of which US$ 30 million were for WHO. As of 24 September, the appeal for the health sector is 70% funded, while WHO’s component is 82% funded.

  • 1 December 2009

    Health sector requirements in Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) 2010

    The Consolidated Appeal Process (CAP) for 2010 was launched in Geneva on 30 November. In his address at the launch, Dr Eric Laroche Assistant Director-General for Health Action in Crises Ericemphasized the importance of equitable funding in emergencies, reminding all that unpredictable, late and short-term CAP funding makes it impossible to plan appropriately with partners and respond effectively to humanitarian crises.

  • 12 March 2010

    Japan gives US$1.5 million to WHO for improving healthcare on Tajik-Afghan border

    Dushanbe/Geneva -- A new US$1.5 million project to make 16 health facilities and the staff working in them better able to deal with humanitarian crises is being rolled out along the Tajikistan-Afghanistan border.

  • 21 January 2010

    Haiti earthquake updates on donations

    Since the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti on 12 January 2010, there has been an overwhelming expression of solidarity and willingness to support WHO/PAHO's and Health Cluster partners' emergency activities on the ground. Member States and other donors reacted generously and swiftly to support the response to the immediate needs. We would like to gratefully acknowledge the cash and in-kind contributions received.

  • 4 December 2009

    WHO Humanitarian Forum

    Representatives from more than 20 countries, along with UN agencies and NGOs, attended the 2010 WHO Humanitarian Forum.

  • 4 September 2009

    Conflict, flooding causing suffering in the Philippines

    Manila/Geneva—Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced from their homes and face multiple health risks, including malnutrition, diarrhoea, respiratory illness and psychosocial trauma.

  • 3 June 2009

    WHO: Immediate funding required to protect health of 3 million people displaced in Pakistan

    Islamabad -- Immediate funding is needed for national and international health providers in Pakistan so they can provide life-saving health care to the more than 3 million internally displaced people now residing in temporary camps and in host communities in the country's northwest.

  • 28 April 2009

    Update on humanitarian health needs in Darfur

    Health care for hundreds of thousands of people in Darfur remains severely threatened and the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging increased effort to improve access to services, prevent disease outbreaks and ward off malnutrition.

  • 20 January 2009

    Italy provides 750 000 Euros for WHO emergency activities in Gaza

    Karem Shalom ¦ The Government of Italy has given 750 000 Euros to the World Health Organization to support its emergency health operations in the Gaza Strip and on Tuesday also provided medicines, food and other supplies for Gazan humanitarian relief services.

  • 28 April 2009

    CERF funding for WHO humanitarian work passes US$ 100 million barrier

    Geneva -- Funding from the UN's Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) for humanitarian work of the World Health Organization has passed the US$ 100 million barrier, underscoring WHO's critical role in providing life-saving health interventions before, during and after emergencies.

  • 12 June 2008

    WHO Strengthens Humanitarian Relief Work

    The World Health Organization has intensified its humanitarian relief work across the globe, launching 40% more emergency response operations and coordinating the work of multiple health players involved in crises.

  • 29 May 2008

    WHO Health Action in Crises thanks donors for their immediate support and calls for continued assistance for Myanmar

    WHO Health Action in Crises would like to sincerely thank the donors that contributed almost US$ 7 million in cash and in kind to support life-saving operations and to help save lives and reduce suffering.

  • 12 August 2008

    Myanmar Tropical Cyclone Nargis: health situation and needs

    2-3 May 2008 -- WHO has consolidated here the latest information on Myanmar's health situation and needs to assist in supporting ongoing recovery efforts following Cyclone Nargis. The material may assist humanitarian actors already undertaking or planning to undertake work in Myanmar.

  • 11 December 2007

    CAP and Other Appeals for 2008

    Within the framework of the Consolidated Appeals Process 2008, WHO appeals for USD 164.5 million to respond to the health aspects of humanitarian emergencies in 2008.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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