Humanitarian Health Action

WHO delivers urgently needed health supplies to Aden as part of UN convoy

13 July 2015, Sana’a, Yemen -- The World Health Organization has delivered urgently needed health supplies to Aden governorate, where the humanitarian and health situation has critically deteriorated as a result of insecurity and restricted access. The life-saving health supplies, which were delivered in six trucks as part of a United Nations convoy, contained 46.4 tonnes of medicines, medical supplies, and water and sanitation supplies for more than 84 000 beneficiaries in 8 districts of Aden governorate.

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WHO and partners call for greater funding for the regional response to the Syrian crisis

6 July 2015-- “Governments dealing with the fallout of the Syria crisis are under incredible strain to address the health needs of their own people in addition to those of Syrian refugees,” said Chris Maher, manager of WHO’s emergency support team for the Syria crisis, based in Amman, Jordan.

“There is drastic need for increased funding, particularly for the health sector to ensure the continued provision of health services and to build and strengthen national systems so that they are able to cope with the increased burden,” he said.

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Ministry of Health, WHO and partners score some victories in responding to cholera outbreak in South Sudan


Juba, 6 July 2015: Mary Wani frantically waves a paper from the hospital bed where she sits, eager to share the exciting news of her recovery and subsequent discharge from the ward with anyone who will listen to her. “I am going home,” she says , adding that she feels very strong. The 58-year-old mother of nine has just been discharged from Juba Teaching Hospital, where she was receiving treatment for cholera. The hospital was the first Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) to be designated in the current outbreak.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Better together

25 June 2015 – Efforts to save lives and reduce suffering in the Democratic Republic of the Congo received a critical boost this week with the launch of a pilot project to strengthen coordination among health partners.

Thanks to a grant of €3 million over three years from the Government of Germany, the World Health Organization is bolstering the existing Health Cluster through the establishment of a dedicated team to coordinate health partners on the ground.

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Health Emergency Highlights

This issue features the health situation and health response to the humanitarian crisis following the earthquake in Nepal, the crisis in Yemen and WHO's new registration system, building a global emergency health workforce.

Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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