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WHO and the Federal Ministry of Health of Somalia call for urgent support to scale up response and address measles outbreak

WHO/A. Zouiten
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16 August 2017 – WHO urgently requires US$ 6.8 million to scale up its response activities in Somalia and conduct a measles immunization campaign for 4.2 million children in November 2017.

As millions of people in Somalia remain trapped in a devastating cycle of hunger and disease, WHO and health partners are working with national health authorities to save lives and reach the most vulnerable with essential health services.

WHO grade 3 emergency

Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen

14 AUGUST 2017 | GENEVA - The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Syrian Arab Republic donor update Q2 2017

Currently WHO and its partners are scaling up operations in north-east Syria to help ensure that wounded and critically ill patients have access to essential health care services. Read about these and other interventions implemented or supported by WHO in Q2 - 2017 from the donor report. WHO extends its sincere thanks to its health partners in Syria, many of whom risk their lives on a daily basis to bring health care to those most in need.

WHO and partners take on malaria: the top killer in north-eastern Nigeria

WHO Nigeria/L. Ozor

August 2017 -- WHO estimates up to 10 000 lives could be saved by November through malaria prevention and control, if more funds are secured. Following more than 8 years of conflict in Borno state in north-eastern Nigeria, some 3.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance and all are at risk for malaria. WHO estimates that every week, around 8500 people are infected with the disease in Borno state. With the high transmission season for malaria lasting through October, WHO expects these numbers will increase.

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