Syria polio outbreak adds burden to an already damaged health system
5 March 2014, Damascus – In an isolated room on the fifth floor of the children’s hospital in Damascus lay 5-year old Islam Hameed. She was one of the first confirmed polio cases identified in Syria last October. As of 5 March 2014, 25 polio cases have been confirmed in Syria, of which 17 were reported in Deir ez-Zor governorate. All children were very young and many aged 2 years or under, and were found to be un- or under-immunized.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013
28 February 2014 -- The Department of Health (DOH) with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) developed a photobook cataloguing 31 out of 96 damaged Community Health Centers in Eastern Samar and providing detailed information on the damages and the estimated costs for repairs to support the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the health facilities.
South Sudan humanitarian medical assistance
19 February 2014 -- The crisis in South Sudan is declared by the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator and also the WHO Director General as Level 3 emergency. WHO has stepped up all operations in the country. Heavy fights was reported in Malakal, Upper Nile state during this reporting period. WHO continued supporting field operations by providing drugs and other medical supplies to facilitate the health interventions in all areas, but specially in the IDP camps. People in the IDP camps are in high risk of epidemic prone diseases like meningitis and cholera.
- Read the latest news release on cholera vaccination campaign - 22 February 2014
- Read the latest Health Cluster bulletin - 21 February 2014
- Read the Health emergency response funding proposal - February 2014
- Read the WHO funding request for US$ 10.95 million - 16 February 2014
- More information on South Sudan
11 February 2014 -- The insecurity in the country has limited and delayed delivery of health services. There has been disruptions of services provided by the mobile clinics, vaccination of children and services provided by hospitals on the axel Ouandago - Banforo - Bangui and Bandoro - Mbrès. A measles outbreak has been reported in Bria.
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
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