WHO in emergencies

Advancing paediatric care in Syrian Arab Republic

17 June 2019, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – With support from WHO, a team of senior medical specialists from the Bambino Gesú hospital in Rome (the largest paediatric hospital in Italy) has just concluded a one-week visit to Syria to work with their counterparts in the Paediatric Hospital in Damascus.

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Statement on the meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

14 June 2019 - The International Health Regulations Emergency Committee has made a statement for Ebola virus disease in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The Committee decided that the Ebola outbreak in DRC does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The Director General accepts these recommendations and WHO advises against the application of any travel or trade restrictions.


Surveillance is key in tackling Ebola

13 June 2019 - As the third largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Goma has more than 1 million people. It’s located on the shores of Lake Kivu in the Eastern part of the DRC, where Ebola has affected communities in North Kivu province (Butembo, Beni and Katwa). Alongside the Government, WHO and partners are jointly preparing Goma for any possible Ebola outbreak. They aim to protect Goma by stopping any spread of the virus.


Confirmation of case of Ebola virus disease in Uganda

11 June 2019 - The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) have confirmed a case of Ebola Virus Disease in Uganda. Although there have been numerous previous alerts, this is the first confirmed case in Uganda during the Ebola outbreak on-going in neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The confirmed case is a 5-year-old child from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who travelled with his family on 9th June 2019. The child and his family entered the country through Bwera Border post and sought medical care at Kagando hospital where health workers identified Ebola as a possible cause of illness.

Matt Taylor

Thailand hosts the Global Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams

12 June 2019 - In the Thai capital, Bangkok, the third Global Meeting of Emergency Medical Teams was inaugurated on Wednesday (June 12), gathering responders from all over the world who are actively involved in helping patients and victims during disease outbreaks, natural disasters, conflict, and complex emergencies both nationally and internationally.
About 400 people are attending the meeting, which spans over three days, representing 90 countries and 200 organizations.


The Government of Japan and WHO donate six ambulances to boost health service delivery in South Sudan

28 May 2019 Juba – Six new ambulances, donated this week (Tuesday, 28 May) to the Ministry of Health of the Republic of South Sudan by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of Japan, are a vital boost to the Ministry’s efforts to increase access to health care services for its most vulnerable populations especially women and children.

The Gaza trauma response: One-year analysis of trauma injuries in Gaza

29 May 2019 - The World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with over 20 agencies conducted a detailed analysis of one year of trauma injuries in Gaza and its humanitarian impact. From 30 March 2018 to 30 March 2019, 277 Palestinians were killed and 28 014 injured.

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

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.

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.



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