Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Conflict in north east Nigeria

Borno State, August 2016
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Borno State, August 2016

2 September 2016 -- Conflict since 2009 has caused widespread devastation in north eastern Nigeria, generating a crisis that affects more than 14.8 million people in Adamawa, Borno, Gombe and Yobe States. Recent developments liberated some 800 000 people in Borno State, but access remains difficult. They are mostly women, children and elderly. Many have lacked access to health care services for more than two years.-

WHO Grade 3 emergency

South Sudan conflict and outbreaks - donor update

31 August 2016 -- Severe shortages of medicines, payment of health worker salaries and operational costs for running hospitals and ambulance services have been impacted by the recent conflict. The health system in South Sudan is near economic collapse. WHO is concerned about the overall health needs of the people of South Sudan, especially the Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in Juba, Wau and other States as a result of the recent hostilities.

Yemen: Emergency medicines and medical supplies arrive in Taiz City

28 August 2016 -- The World Health Organization (WHO), with support of the King Salman Centre for Relief and Humanitarian Aid, has delivered 2 trucks carrying more than 12 tonnes of emergency medicines and medical supplies to Taiz City.

Health care increasingly out of reach for Syrians in eastern Aleppo City

The humanitarian and health situation in Aleppo has reached critical levels

5 August 2016 – Dr Hatem Abu Yazan, general director of the Children’s Specialised Hospital in Al Shaa’ar in eastern Aleppo City, was on duty in the hospital’s neonatal section on the first floor when he heard the sound of an airstrike. It was a sound that he was used to, and he was wearing his stethoscope which dulled the noise. He did not pay much attention until he saw the doors cave in and the windows break. Together with a nurse and another doctor, he lifted 9 babies from their incubators and carried them to the basement, where he knew they would be safer. “We waited for 10 minutes for the attack to subside, and then we ran back up to bring the incubators down to the basement, so that they would not be at risk in case of another attack.

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