Humanitarian Health Action

Nepal’s Ministry of Health puts a hold on foreign medical teams

An injured earthquake victim receives medical treatment after an earthquake struck Nepal, at Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 April 2015
EPA/Narendra Shrestha

30 April 2015 -- The Nepalese Ministry of Health has asked that any foreign medical teams ready to deploy to Nepal should please refrain from doing so. While the Ministry has expressed gratitude for all offers of assistance, they have advised that the need for foreign medical teams has already been met. Teams en route without a designated duty station will due to this be asked to turn away. All foreign medical teams on stand-by to assist Nepal’s earthquake response should register with WHO and keep updated on the situation through WHO's homepage and the virtual On-site Operations Coordination Centre (OSSOC) website.

Iraq – WHO helps provide frontline health care to families fleeing Al-Ramadi

27 April 2015 – WHO has stepped up its efforts to address the health needs of thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) who have fled insecurity in Al-Ramadi in recent days. The Organization is working closely with the Ministry of Health to establish emergency health clinics, to ensure that ambulances and mobile clinics reach sheltering IDPs and to vaccinate for diseases such as polio and measles. Further resources are urgently needed, including an ambulance and mobile team, essential medicines, and human resources such as doctors, paramedical staff and laboratory technicians. The latest wave of IDPs underlines the pressing need for the Humanitarian Response Plan currently being developed by WHO and its health cluster partners to ensure critical frontline health care services to conflict-affected populations in Iraq.

 WHO condemns attacks on health facilities in Yemen and calls for immediate access for a scaled-up health response

With the current shortage of ambulances, WHO is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Health and Population to relocate ambulances to governorates with the largest numbers of injured patients.
WHO/Yemen
With the current shortage of ambulances, WHO is coordinating with the Ministry of Public Health and Population to relocate ambulances to governorates with the largest numbers of injured patients.

27 April 2015, Cairo, Egypt -- As the humanitarian and health situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate, WHO calls for increased access for a scaled-up health response and an end to ongoing attacks on health care workers and health facilities.

Russian Federation donates supplies to Vanuatu for Cyclone Pam

A mother and her two children wait for food and water to be delivered in front of their damaged home
WHO/Vanuatu
A mother and her two children wait for food and water to be delivered in front of their damaged home.

23 April 2015 – Aid was delivered to Port Vila this week as a donation from the Russian Federation. The aid will be contributing to shoring up the fragile health system, which was severely affected by the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam over one month ago.

Recent crises

WHO Humanitarian health response

WHO/Ahmed Zoutien

Health Emergency Highlights

This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and Ukraine. WHO hosted a Member State briefing on the WHO response to Grade 3 emergencies.