WHO in emergencies
Ambulances airlifted into Iraq
21 March 2017– WHO with logistics support from the World Food Programme, airlifted 15 fully equipped ambulances to Iraq in order to better respond to the increasing trauma and medical emergencies in west Mosul. The ambulances will enhance trauma care at the frontlines and ensure timely transfers to field hospitals.
WHO responds to reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq
3 March 2017 – Following the reported use of chemical weapons agents in East Mosul, Iraq, WHO, partners and local health authorities have activated an emergency response plan to safely treat men, women and children who may be exposed to the highly toxic chemical.
Cholera and tuberculosis medical supplies airlifted to Yemen
2 March 2017 – A plane carrying 8 metric tonnes of cholera kits and tuberculosis medicines provided by WHO and the Global Fund has landed in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a.
The cholera kits include anti-diarrhoeal treatment for 12 000 people, as well as cholera laboratory equipment and rapid diagnostics tests.
Since the cholera outbreak was declared in October last year, there were 21 790 suspect cases, including 103 deaths. Out of those samples that were tested, 193 were confirmed for cholera.
14 February 2017 – The Democratic Republic of Congo declared the end of the yellow fever outbreak following a similar announcement in Angola on 23 December 2016, bringing an end to the outbreak in both countries after no new confirmed cases were reported from both countries for the past 6 months.
7 February 2017 - In emergencies, people are at higher risk of undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. Young children and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are most vulnerable to undernutrition. Their bodies have a greater need for nutrients, such as vitamins and minerals, and are more susceptible to the harmful consequences of deficiencies. Acute malnutrition weakens the immune system, which then becomes more susceptible to developing diseases that can be fatal.
19 January 2017 – WHO has made important strides in its work during the Syrian crisis. A successful negotiation led to the evacuation of patients in critical condition from east Aleppo. Thousands more, fleeing besieged areas, received health care from mobile clinics. As the crisis continues, WHO's work in Syria remains crucial.