Humanitarian Health Action

WHO releases new report on attacks on health care

26 May 2016 -- Currently there is no publicly available source of consolidated information on attacks on health care in emergencies. This report is a first attempt to consolidate and analyse the data that is available from open sources.

Over the two-year period from January 2014 to December 2015, there were 594 reported attacks on health care that resulted in 959 deaths and 1561 injuries in 19 countries with emergencies. Sixty-two per cent of the attacks were reported to have intentionally targeted health care.

Mobile clinics provide health care to people in some of the world’s worst crises


25 May 2016 -- WHO and its many partners regularly deploy diverse mobile clinics and medical teams to reach people cut off from access to health services. For many people these mobile clinics and teams may be their only source of health care.

Last year WHO provided 34 mobile clinics to Syrian health non-governmental organizations to serve populations in hard-to-reach areas. WHO-supported mobile clinics operate in Iraq, Jordan (in aid of Syrian refugees), Syrian Arab Republic, Ukraine and Yemen, among other countries.

Highlighting health in humanitarian emergencies

A WHO staff member reaches out to a crying child in the Central African Republic
WHO/Eugene Kabambi

20 May 2016 -- With 125 million people in need of humanitarian assistance worldwide, senior World Health Organization (WHO) figures and friends are actively calling attention to the importance of delivering health care to those affected by conflicts, disease outbreaks and natural disasters.

Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan

WHO/J. Ebrahim

18 May -- In South Sudan, the World Health Organization (WHO) supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services to 2.5 million people within a country disrupted by conflict. This photo story illustrates how WHO works with Health Cluster partners to provide health services.

Recent crises

Reform of WHO’s emergency capacities

WHO is undergoing substantial reform to ensure the Organization's emergency capacities are fit for purpose


Emergency Response Framework (ERF)

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