A team from Medair provides treatment to a cholera patient at the Lubiriha Primary Health Care centre. Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2016.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: healthcare delivery support

29 July 2016 – The Democratic Republic of the Congo is a country perpetually in crisis due to a mix of conflict, disease outbreaks, natural disasters and nutritional crises. Dr Ahmed Zouiten, Global Health Cluster Medical Officer, recently visited the country to support a performance evaluation of Health Cluster coordination and to take stock of successes and remaining challenges that Health Cluster partners face in delivering health care in DRC.

Ebola contact tracing team at work in the quarantined village, Bombali district, Sierra Leone.
WHO/S. Gborie

Health Cluster involvement in the reform of WHO’s work in emergencies

May 2016 – The 69th World Health Assembly marked a historic moment for WHO as Member States adopted the decision to establish a new Health Emergencies Programme. The Health Cluster has been actively participating in the reform consultation process aiming to strengthen and consolidate the Organization’s capacities to respond and prepare for all kinds of crises which impact on people’s health and disrupt the delivery of health care services.

Dr David Lai, a Public Health Officer based in Juba, loads medical supplies onto a United Nations helicopter, South Sudan May 2016.
WHO/J Ebrahim

Challenges and hope in delivering health in South Sudan

May 2016 – In South Sudan, WHO supports the Ministry of Health and works with 67 Health Cluster partners to provide health services within a country disrupted by conflict. Since December 2013, conflict has displaced some 2.3 million people, including 1.6 million internally displaced persons. With 4.4 million people in need of health assistance, the South Sudan Health Cluster aims to reach 2.5 million people with health services.