WHO in emergencies

Burundi launches Ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers

14 August 2019 – On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against Ebola. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Ebola vaccination campaign is part of Burundi's preparation for a possible case of Ebola. The campaign will be implemented under leadership of the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control, with the support of WHO. Financial support is provided by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance.

Nigeria introduces Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine into Routine EPI Schedule

Nigeria introduces Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine into Routine EPI Schedule

12 August 2018, Abuja - Nigeria has introduced the Meningitis A Conjugate Vaccine into the routine Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) schedule.
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at the Area 2 Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) on 9 August 2019, the Executive Director of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib said: “Men A remains a major global challenge.” According to Dr Shuaib, ”25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) fall within the meningitis belt; putting 26.7 Nigerians at risk of meningitis”

Ebola survivors. Photo:WHO/Lianne Gutcher

Update on Ebola drug trial: two strong performers identified

11 August 2019 -- The co-sponsors of the Ebola therapeutics trial in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have announced advances that will bring patients a better chance of survival. Two out of the four drugs being tested are more effective in treating Ebola. Moving forward, these are the only drugs that future patients will be treated with. Details of the changes are available in this WHO/NIAID/INRB release.

Ebola survivors. Photo:WHO/Lianne Gutcher

WHO statement on Yemen

7 August 2019 -- WHO has a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of corruption. WHO’s Office of Internal Oversight Services (IOS) conducted an audit of the Yemen Country Office during the period July to October 2018. This audit was initiated by the organization. IOS rated the effectiveness of controls in the administration and finance areas as unsatisfactory. A summary of these findings was formally reported to WHO’s Governing Bodies in May 2019 by the Director of IOS.

Patient reviewing the treatment plan for her diabetes with doctor in north-western Syria Arab Republic

Syrian Arabic Republic: tackling NCDs in emergencies through primary health care

5 August 2019 -- Providing primary health care services in a country like the Syrian Arabic Republic, which is facing one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies, presents many challenges for addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). With a severely weakened health system, challenges include short supplies of medicines and ensuring access and continuity in health services.

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Thailand becomes first in SEAR with WHO classified emergency medical team

31 July 2019 -- Thailand today became the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to get WHO classification for its emergency medical team (EMT). This classification makes Thailand EMT the 26th team in the international roster of WHO classified, internationally deployable medical teams.

Libya: Five medical staff dead in latest attack on health facilities in Tripoli

28 July 2019 Tripoli – The World Health Organization strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on Az Zawiyah Field Hospital in the south of Tripoli. Five health workers were killed and eight were injured in the attack. The hospital was damaged and forced to suspend its services.

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.


Health crisis in Central African Republic.
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Behind the headlines

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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.


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

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