From the ground up: local partners improve health care

November 2017 - Of the more than 700 Health Cluster partners worldwide, over 50% are national or local organizations. The whole humanitarian sector is prioritizing the need to localize services – to the Health Cluster this means strengthening existing health systems within countries, rather than operating parallel systems which could undermine national provision. Successfully empowering the work of national and local actors will deliver better care, more flexibly and more sustainably, whilst reaching more people.

United in responding to famine

August 2017 - Over 61 million people, including children like Nyubol, in Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and Yemen are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. People in these eight countries are grappling with food shortages and acute malnutrition – a deadly combination that weakens their immune system and increases their susceptibility to diseases like cholera and measles. Health Cluster partners are actively responding to this humanitarian crisis.

International Medical Corps

Let's talk about depression during emergencies

5 April 2017 - An estimated 1 in 5 people are affected by depression and anxiety in emergencies and conflict situations. Yet, mental health services are often non-existent or not accessible. On World Health Day (7 April 2017), we provide a snapshot of what Health Cluster partners are doing to support mental health services during emergencies.