Humanitarian Health Action

Saudi Arabia provides support for purpose-built mobile medical clinics in Erbil, Iraq

11 December 2014 –Through the generous support of Saudi Arabia, WHO and the World Food Programme have been able to deliver eight mobile medical clinics to Erbil. The vehicles have been purpose built to address the health needs of displaced populations residing in places with limited access to health care services. Ongoing insecurity in Iraq continues to uproot families from their homes especially in the Kurdistan region.

WHO supports Philippine Department of Health to respond to Typhoon Ruby

11 December 2014, Manila. As the country braced for typhoon Ruby, World Health Organization prepositioned with the Department of Health medical supplies and equipment including satellite phones for an immediate response. “Although the typhoon was weaker than typhoon Haiyan, it has still impacted families and health systems across the several regions. With the flooding, damaged health facilities, and mulitple evacuation centers, there are a number of public health risks which will need to be addressed over the coming weeks." said the WHO Country Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall.

Health in South Sudan

Community volunteers educate the public about Onchocerciasis.
WHO/M. Moyo
Community volunteers educate the public about Onchocerciasis.

5 December 2014 -- In November during the National Immunisation days more than 3.4 million children under-5 years were vaccinated against polio. Visceral Leishmaniasis (Kala-azar) cases and deaths increased to 6,936 and 196 (CFR 2.8%) respectively during the reporting period. Partners have stepped up the response, increasing treatment sites from 15 to the current 17. In the IDP camps at least 1,283 deaths have been reported since the crisis began, most of the deaths were related to HIV/AIDS and TB, reflecting the need to strengthen interventions.

10 years recovery from the 2004 tsunami

It has been a decade since the devastating tsunami hit the South-East Asia and East Africa region with a vengeance claiming lives of close to 200 000 people, displacing more than 2 million from their homes and destroying /damaging huge areas of the natural environment and human built structures along the coast of 10 countries.

Recent crises

Health emergency highlights

This issue features the health situation and Health Cluster response to the humanitarian crisis 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.


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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