WHO in emergencies

Using local materials to build health facilities

12 September 2018 - Most health facilities in the camps are build out of bamboo, with surprising benefits.

Amidst the narrow alleys of the Cox's Bazar camps hosting nearly 900 000 Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar, there are bamboo huts, bamboo bridges, bamboo shops but also entire health facilities built with this local and affordable material.

WHO/Mehak Sethi

Rohingya crisis: One year on

25 August 2018 - In southern Bangladesh, the coastal town of Cox's Bazar is a well-known honeymoon destination. It is famous for its beach, one of the longest unbroken beaches in the world. But only 16 km from the beach, there is a different reality.

Since August 2017, hundreds of thousands have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State and sought refuge in neighboring Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

WHO/Mehak Sethi

World Humanitarian Day

Every year on 19 August, World Humanitarian Day brings citizens of the world together to rally support for people living in crises and to pay tribute to the aid workers who help them. Emergencies cause immense suffering for millions of people – usually the world's poorest, most marginalized and vulnerable individuals. Humanitarian aid workers, including health care workers, strive to provide life-saving assistance and long term rehabilitation to disaster-affected communities, regardless of where they are in the world and without discrimination based on nationality, social group, religion, sex, race or any other factor.

Outbreaks: Behind the headlines

15 August 2018 - At any one time, dozens of infectious disease outbreaks are happening around the world. Those on the frontlines are often more visible, but behind the scenes, many activities are taking place to control the spread of these diseases.

In this special feature, we visit a series of recent health emergencies, telling the stories behind the headlines and exploring the many different dimensions of an outbreak response.

WHO supports life-saving health care for people in southern Syria

15 August 2018 Amman – The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the provision of life-saving health care services for more than 900 000 conflict-affected people in southern Syria.

Since mid-June 2018, WHO has delivered 61 tons of supplies – enough for more than 312 000 treatments – to the Directorates of Health in Dar’a and Quneitra, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and As Sweida National Hospital. The supplies include surgical, trauma and burn kits, chronic disease medicines and insulin. WHO is also supporting the only functioning blood bank in areas of southern Syria that were formerly controlled by non-state armed groups.

WHO/L. Mackenzie
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom and WHO Regional Director Dr Matshidiso Moeti visiting Ebola treatment centre in Mangina

WHO calls for free and secure access in responding to Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

12 August 2018 Beni/Brazzaville– WHO’s global and African regional leadership saw first-hand the complexities of implementing the Ebola response in North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in visits with the Ministry of Health officials to affected areas over the last two days. While this is the country’s 10th Ebola outbreak, it is the first time that the disease has struck a densely populated active conflict zone.

WHO/Nyka Alexander



Outbreaks and crises

Map showing emergencies around the world that has a WHO grading, 2016.
WHO

WHO has an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences.

What we do

From prevention through preparedness to early warning, response, and early recovery, the WHO Health Emergencies programme is operational.

Funding

Health crisis in Central African Republic.
WHO/C. Black

WHO thanks all of the contributors that provide funding or in-kind contribution for WHO’s work for emergencies.


Partners

WHO coordinates the international health response to emergencies and humanitarian crises, but we cannot do this work without our partners who help us deliver health services in even the most difficult situations.

Behind the headlines

At any one time, dozens of infectious disease outbreaks are happening around the world. In this special feature, we visit a series of recent health emergencies, telling the stories behind the headlines and exploring the many different dimensions of an outbreak response.

R&D Blueprint

Illustration of lab equipment.
WHO

The R&D Blueprint is a global strategy and preparedness plan to ensure that targeted R&D can strengthen the emergency response by bringing medical technologies to patients during epidemics.


Oversight

WHO training on personal protective equipment during the Ebola outbreak in Guinea
WHO

The Director-General has established an Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (IOAC), to provide oversight and monitoring of the development and performance of the Programme and to guide the Programme’s activities.

News

Each issue of the Health Emergency Highlights contains information on the current humanitarian context, the health priorities and response operations