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WHO in emergencies

WHO deeply concerned about deteriorating health conditions in northwest Syria

66顺彩票app25 December 2019, Geneva-Cairo-Copenhagen – The World Health Organization today expressed its deepening concern about the situation in northwest Syria and the impact hostilities are having on the health of a population that has endured sustained hardships, in what is now harsh weather conditions.

WHO/L. Mackenzie

Drop in cholera cases worldwide, as key endemic countries report gains in cholera control

19 December 2019 -- The number of cholera cases decreased globally by 60% in 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced in a report that points to an encouraging trend in cholera prevention and control in the world’s major cholera hotspots, including Haiti, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Cholera vaccination campaign launched to protect 635,000 people in Cox’s Bazar

9 December 2019 --Over 635,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi host community will be vaccinated against cholera in a 3-week-long campaign beginning today at the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and nearby areas, to protect vulnerable population against the deadly disease amidst increasing number of cases of acute watery diarrhoea (AWD).

WHO Bangladesh/ Tatiana Almeida

Measles vaccination drive launched, North Kivu targets 2.2 million children

5 December 2019 Kinshasa – Around 2.2 million children are to be vaccinated against measles in North Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where efforts are underway to curb the world’s second-worst Ebola outbreak amid persistent insecurity.


WHO Director-General praises bravery of health workers during visit to eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following fatal attacks on Ebola responders

1 December 2019 -- World Health Organization Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus visited health workers affected by recent armed attacks on Ebola response staff that killed four outbreak responders and injured seven others in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr Tedros called for improved security in the region to protect health workers trying to contain Ebola.


Dead and injured following attacks on Ebola responders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

66顺彩票app28 November 2019 -- Two attacks in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo have killed four workers responding to the Ebola outbreak and injured five others. The attacks occurred overnight on a shared living camp in Biakato Mines and an Ebola response coordination office in Mangina.

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.
WHO/C. Black

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.

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

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