WHO in emergencies

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.

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A joint Ministry of Health/WHO team provides psychological first aid to the affected community.

Heavy rains cause flooding in the Lao People's Democratic Republic

8 August 2018 -- On Monday 23 July, heavy rains overwhelmed an auxiliary dam of a hydroelectric project, causing catastrophic flash flooding in villages downstream. More than a hundred people remain missing and thousands are taking shelter in temporary camps. WHO is working withthe Ministry of Health and partners to prevent, detect and control disease outbreaks and ensure affected communities can access life-saving health services.

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Gaza: stories of loss and survival

9 August 2018, Gaza — Since the start of the demonstrations in Gaza on 30 March, 162 Palestinians have been killed and 17 259 injured as of 30 July, mainly as a result of live ammunition gunshot wounds and gas inhalation.


Southern Syrian Arab Republic Health Cluster report

29 July 2018 -- WHO is sending a second shipment to the hospital in Sweida to respond to urgent needs. This shipment contains more than 113 000 treatments, including medicines and supplies to treat trauma cases.

Eligible child being administered with  anti-malaria drug during 2017 SMC campaign in Borno state.

Borno targets more than 1 million children with anti-malaria therapy

13 July 2018, Maiduguri, Nigeria - With the support of World Health Organization (WHO) and partners, Borno State Ministry of Health plans to reach more than 1.1 million children aged three to 59 months with anti-malaria therapy in 13 local government areas (LGAs), including security compromised Mobbar, Ngala, and Monguno. From 14 – 17 July 2018, anti-malaria drug administrators will be visiting households to administer the first dose of the 4-cycle campaign, which aims to mitigate against increased cases and deaths during the 2018 peak transmission period in the state.

Didier Ipete, 33, stands outside his store in the centre of Itipo market on 4 July 2018. He is one of 15 people who survived Ebola in Itipo during the 2018 outbreak in Équateur province.

After Ebola: a recent survivor starts to rebuild

12 July 2018 - Since he was a teenager, Didier Ipete wanted to run his own store. He would have liked to have studied at university but he didn’t have that opportunity. Nevertheless, he was happy to build up his business until it was one of the most popular shops at the market in Itipo, a small community in Equateur province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Outbreaks and crises

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

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.


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


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.


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

R&D Blueprint

Illustration of lab equipment.

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.


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

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.