Humanitarian Health Action

Towards a stronger response to disasters and emergencies

WHO works with countries across the globe to make hospitals safer during natural disasters and protect people's health during emergencies and disasters. At the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun in Mexico this week, 50 health sector delegates came together to strengthen collaboration in this area.

Contingency fund aids rapid response to outbreak of suspected Ebola virus

25 May 2017 -- Responding quickly to an outbreak means moving people and supplies quickly, and that means moving funds quickly too. When WHO received an alert on 9 May of a cluster of unexplained deaths in a remote part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, it was able to deploy a team to the affected area just a day later, thanks in part to the WHO Contingency Fund for Emergencies (CFE). The CFE was able to rapidly release the money needed for transport and other vital logistics to get the investigation team to where they were needed.

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Yemen: Jumbo jet lands in war-torn Yemen carrying 67 tons of cholera response supplies


25 May 2017 – A World Health Organization-chartered aircraft carrying intravenous fluids and cholera kits has successfully landed at Sana’a airport in Yemen. At 67 tons, it constitutes the largest planeload of medical goods WHO has brought into the country since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015.

Hundreds of volunteers vaccinate displaced children from Mosul and other underserved areas in Ninewa governorate

Baghdad, 23 May 2017 – More than 1900 health workers and volunteers on Sunday 21 May 2017 began a mass polio vaccination campaign targeting approximately 332 000 children from conflict affected Mosul and other underserved areas in Ninewa governorate.

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