WHO in emergencies

WHO and public health experts conclude COVID-19 mission to Islamic Republic of Iran

12 March 2020 - A team of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), GOARN partners, Robert Koch Institute in Berlin and the Chinese Center for Disease Control concluded a technical support mission on COVID-19 to Islamic Republic of Iran on 10 March 2020.

In 4 years, 494 attacks on health killed 470 patients and health staff in Syria

March 2020, Geneva/Copenhagen/Cairo – The World Health Organization condemns in the strongest terms, attacks on health care that have been a hallmark of the complex humanitarian crisis in Syria that this month enters its tenth year.

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Health workers describe mayhem as WHO delivers urgent medicine and supplies to ensure continued health services

28 February 2020, Geneva/Copenhagen/Cairo – In a two-day operation the World Health Organization sent 55 tons of medicine and medical supplies in 7 trucks from Turkey into Idlib governorate and parts of Aleppo. Since December 2019 the area has witnessed the largest exodus of internally displaced Syrians in the 9-year history of the Syria conflict.

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Recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines

28 February 2020 - WHO convenes technical consultations in February and September each year to recommend viruses for inclusion in influenza vaccines for the northern and southern hemisphere influenza seasons, respectively. This meeting announcement and recommendation relates to the influenza vaccines for use in the forthcoming northern hemisphere 2020-21 influenza season.

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WHO continues efforts in the fight against cholera

27 February 2020 – In a health centre called the 26th September, 50-year-old Mariam fought for her life as cholera and heart disease ravaged her body. Mariam was rushed to the health centre after suffering from severe watery diarrhoea, dehydration and hypertension.

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How learning to talk the talk is saving lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

25 February 2020 Goma - Guinean anthropologist, David Niabalamou is so passionate about his job engaging with communities affected by Ebola that he’s learned two new languages in twelve months, earning him the affectionate nickname, David the Local, from colleagues. Having worked on the Ebola response in his native Guinea from 2014 to 2016, Niabalamou was keenly aware that language is key to earning people’s trust.

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Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)

WHO is working closely with global experts, governments and partners to rapidly expand scientific knowledge on this new virus, to track the spread and virulence of the virus, and to provide advice to countries and individuals on measures to protect health and prevent the spread of this outbreak.



Outbreaks and crises

Map showing emergencies around the world that has a WHO grading, 2016.
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WHO has an essential role to play in supporting Member States to prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies with public health consequences.

Funding

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

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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
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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

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