Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 2 emergency

WHO supports Darfur health facilities rehabilitation: 3 million people to receive better access to care

Rehabilitation of El Fasher teaching hospital
WHO/Sudan
Rehabilitation of El Fasher teaching hospital

25 January 2018 -- In Sudan’s five eastern states of Darfur, access to health facilities like clinics and hospitals is not something people take for granted. In a region roughly the size of Spain, over 9 million people share just 612 primary health care facilities. On average, one facility must serve over 15 000 people. Especially in rural areas, Darfuris often have to travel long distances to reach the facilities.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Cholera in Kinshasa - WHO is redeploying experts to control the epidemic

15 January 2018 Kinshasa -- On a 24-hour working visit to the Democrati Republic of Congo's capital, heavily affected by the cholera epidemic, Dr Matshidiso MOETI, WHO Regional Director for Africa, told the Minister of Health, Public Health, Dr Oly ILUNGA Monday, of a reinforced emergency support mechanism putting all the experts from the Country Office and those deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (epidemiologists, logisticians, data managers, specialists in communication on risks, social mobilization and community engagement etc.) available to the DPS to strengthen the response against cholera.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Diphtheria vaccination held in Cox’s Bazar schools

Diphtheria vaccination held in Cox’s Bazar schools

2 January 2018 Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh -- As schools reopened on 1st January after the winter break, children lined up to not only receive new books, but also a dose of diphtheria tetanus (DT) vaccine. WHO, UNICEF mobilized vaccinators and military nurses vaccinated children in Ukhia sub-district of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: 2017 year in review

December 2017 -- As host to some of the world’s biggest emergencies, the Eastern Mediterranean Region carries the largest burden of people in need of aid, with more than 76 million people directly or indirectly affected by political conflict, environmental threats, and natural disasters.

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