Humanitarian Health Action

World Humanitarian Day 2016

19 August 2016 -- Today, the scale of human suffering is greater than at any time since the Second World War. As a result of conflict and disaster, more than 130 million people around the world need humanitarian assistance in order to survive. Together, they would form the tenth most populous country on Earth.

Underneath these staggering statistics are real lives and real people. They are people who face relentless shelling in their homes, parents who put their children to bed hungry every night, families ripped apart by war and disaster, unable to access medical care and displaced for years on end.

This World Humanitarian Day, the World Health Organization is joining the greater United Nations family in calling for global solidarity with everyone affected by crises. Together we are launching the World We’d Rather digital campaign to catalyse action to reduce suffering and deliver better for people affected by conflicts, disease outbreaks and natural disasters.