Humanitarian Health Action

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Health services shut down as funding shortfall cripples humanitarian operations in Iraq

4 August 2015 – A severe funding shortfall has led to the closure of 84% of health programmes supported by humanitarian partners, including the World Health Organization (WHO), in Iraq, leaving almost 3 million people without access to urgently needed heath care services.

Ministry of Health coordinates efforts with WHO to respond to measles outbreak in Sudan

4 August 2015 | Khartoum – The Federal Ministry of Health, in coordination with WHO, has mobilized financial and human resources to respond to the measles outbreak in Sudan. A 10-day vaccination campaign from 22 April to 1 May 2015, was funded by the Measles and Rubella Immunization Initiative and targeted 1.7 million children between 6 months to 15 years. The outbreak started in late December 2014 and affected 39 localities of Kassala and Gedaref States, Sennar, the Red Sea, and West, East and North Darfur states.The recorded administrative coverage was 101% and an independent survey coverage of 97.4%.

Heavy rains trigger floods in Myanmar, WHO releases emergency funds

Heavy seasonal rains have caused flooding in 11 of the 14 States and Divisions in Myanmar, affecting over 200,000 people. Chin and Rakhine Sates, Sagaing and Mague Divisions are the worst-affected. WHO has extended funding support through the South East Asia Regional Health Emergency Fund (SEARHEF), to meet the immediate needs of the emergency response.

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.

Recent crises

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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.