Humanitarian Health Action

World Humanitarian Day 2014

– the world needs more humanitarian heroes

"The world needs more humanitarian heroes." This is the call of World Humanitarian Day 2014, a global event being held on 19 August to recognise the efforts of aid workers who support people affected by conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies. The date marks the anniversary of the 2003 UN Headquarters bombing in Baghdad when 22 people lost their lives.

On World Humanitarian Day, WHO and Health Cluster partners pay tribute to the humanitarian personnel who dedicate their efforts to delivering health care in the most difficult of settings, from the Syrian Arab Republic to South Sudan, the Philippines to Guinea and many more. You will find the the stories of five health humanitarian heroes below.

Countries across the world are holding events to commemorate World Humanitarian Day. In Geneva, World Humanitarian Day will be commemorated with an event at the Palais des Nations.

Health Humanitarian Heroes

Mahmoud Deeb Daher

Head of WHO Gaza sub-office

Joy Jino

Women's Coordinator, Honiara Circuit

Dr. Abdoulaye Bagayoko

WHO focal point

Anka Zilic

Head Nurse

Sabry Sabouni

Humanitarian volunteer

Logo of World Humanitarian Day.