Humanitarian Health Action

WHO responding to the crisis in Vanuatu

28 March 2015 --Tropical Cyclone Pam caused severe damage to the health system in Vanuatu. More than half of the population in Vanuatu, 158 000 people on 21 islands, were affected and 30 of the 41 assessed health facilities have been damaged. WHO is working with 24 Health Cluster partners providing support to all six provincial hospitals including: vaccination campaigns against measles, emergency health kits and diarrhoeal disease kits. There are still 75 000 people needing shelter and 110 000 people don’t have access to safe drinking water.

Reducing health consequences of disasters

March 2015 -- Governments from all over the world gathered in Sendai, Japan to negotiate a new plan to guide global action to reduce the health consequences of disasters. To protect people’s health from the risk of disasters, all sectors of society must work together. We must adopt a people-centred, all-hazards approach to all health-related risks from earthquakes, storms, floods and heatwaves, to nuclear hazards, conflict and disease outbreaks. WHO will keep supporting countries to strengthen their ability to manage the risks before, during and after disasters, to increase action on climate and health, and to implement the International Health Regulations.

WHO's Emergency Health Response in Iraq

Health workers vaccinate a child against measles in the Duhok during the national vaccination campaign
Dr L Hazim
Health workers vaccinate a child against measles in the Duhok during the national vaccination campaign

3 March 2015 --The first national polio campaign for 2015 was launched in the country, targeting 5.9 Million children aged 0 month to 5 years. The polio campaign is supported by WHO and UNICEF and it will run for 5 days in the central and southern governorates and 12-15 days in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. WHO continues to support the Federal Ministry of Health in capacity building of the staff working in the Regional Emergency Medicine Training Centre in Baghdad. WHO delivered health equipment and essential medicines to Directorate of Health (DOH) in Duhok, Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah.

Recent crises

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.