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18 August 2017

Health workers saving lives in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are #NotATarget

18 August 2017 – Despite condemnations from WHO and health partners, attacks on health care in the Eastern Mediterranean have not decreased this year over last.  In the first 3 months of 2017, more than 152 attacks on health care were reported from 9 countries in the Region, compared to 57 attacks...

16 August 2017

16 August 2017 – As millions of people in Somalia remain trapped in a devastating cycle of hunger and disease, WHO and health partners are working with national health authorities to save lives and reach the most vulnerable with essential health services. More than 2 years of insufficient rainfall and poor harvests...

08 June 2017

Increasing numbers of South Sudanese men, women and children fleeing conflict and food insecurity are seeking refuge in Sudan, overstretching basic services, including health services. WHO supports national health authorities and works with partners to respond to the needs of these refugees and to ensure they are protected against life-threatening...

17 May 2017

Six years into the war in Syria, more than 300 000 people have been tragically killed and more than 1.5 million people injured. As the violence continues, a staggering 30 000 people sustain war-related injuries every month. Overwhelming numbers of critically wounded patients, acute shortages of staff, and damaged or destroyed...

10 May 2017

WHO has significantly scaled up its presence and activities in Somalia to respond to increasing health needs and prevent a worst-case scenario for millions of people at risk of famine, but resources are urgently required to enable the necessary interventions. Out of a total of US$ 825 million appealed for...

08 May 2017

Islamic Republic of Iran scaling up operational readiness of the country’s health sector

8 March 2017 – A mission was conducted by WHO technical teams in Islamic Republic of Iran from 22 to 27 April 2017 to assess and assist the country’s emergency medical team system with the purpose of strengthening the response capacity across all-hazard emergencies. The mission brought together different stakeholders to...

07 April 2017

7 April 2017 – The World Health Organization welcomes the support shown by countries and donors participating in the “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region” conference in Brussels on 4-6 April, during which more than US$ 6 billion was pledged to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by...

15 March 2017

Six years of crisis in Syria have taken a dramatic toll on the health of the Syrian people and the health system that serves them. Since the beginning of the conflict, WHO has been working with health authorities and partners to ensure that critical care is available to those who...

15 January 2017

The Eastern Mediterranean Region saw continued deterioration of the humanitarian and health situation in 2016. By December, more than 62 million people were in need of urgent, life-saving and effective health care across the Region. Despite many challenges and setbacks, WHO and its partners managed to deliver much needed assistance...

30 December 2016

Lack of funding for health in Sudan resulting in the closure of health facilities

30 December 2016 – Lack of funding for heath in Sudan has resulted in the closure of 11 health facilities and left another 49 facilities at risk of closure, impacting around a million people, including 323 000 women of childbearing age and children under 5 who will lack access to maternal/child...

04 December 2016

WHO supports overwhelmed primary health care centre in Mosul with lifesaving medicines and medical supplies

4 December 2016 – WHO has successfully delivered life-saving medicines and medical supplies inside Mosul city. The shipment, enough to treat almost 13 000 patients, includes chronic disease medicines, antibiotics, medicines and supplies to treat trauma injuries. Reproductive health items were provided by the United Nations Population Fund. Urgent medical services for...

29 November 2016

Health needs of displaced, injured from Mosul, Iraq, increasing

29 November 2016 - More than 73 000 people from Mosul and neighbouring areas in Iraq have been displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict since 17 October. The majority of those displaced are currently hosted in Ninewa governorate, where health services are overwhelmed. As the conflict in Mosul reaches...

24 November 2016

WHO scales up trauma care services for injured people from Mosul, Iraq

23 November 2016, Erbil, Iraq – As military operations into Mosul continue, WHO is working with national health authorities to ensure that people with war-related trauma injuries have access to live-saving medical care. WHO anticipates that approximately 40 000 civilians will require care for trauma injuries as a result of Mosul...

09 November 2016

Civilians caught in the cross-fire: WHO supports trauma care services for people in and around Mosul

9 November 2016 – The stories of civilians caught in the cross-fire in and around Mosul are heartbreaking and horrific. WHO is ensuring that life-saving health services are available to injured people, supporting the tireless work of the Erbil Directorate of Health to provide emergency medical care to all those who...

31 October 2016

WHO ensures health services for populations exposed to toxic sulfur and oil fumes south-east of Mosul, Iraq

31 October 2016 – 15-year-old Zainab was suffering from severe suffocation when her family brought her in to the main primary health care clinic in Al-Qayyarah town, south-east of Mosul. Asthmatic since birth, Zainab was having trouble breathing as a result of the sulfur fumes from the burning Mishraq sulfur plant....

10 October 2016

Natural disasters and political conflict across the Eastern Mediterranean Region have increased the need for mental health services, especially for those who have been exposed to or witnessed acts of violence, or those have been forcibly displaced. In total, more than 62 million people in the region are affected by...

04 October 2016

Health workers and patients between life and death in eastern Aleppo city

4 October 2016 – 3-year old Khalid* was badly injured when he was brought into the hospital. He was walking in the street when a blast erupted, destroying buildings around him and trapping him under the rubble. He was found by passers by, who took him and tens of other injured...

02 October 2016

Syria: Reaching besieged populations

2 October 2016 – Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, civilians have been denied access to life-saving and basic services, including health services, in specific areas inside the country. As of July 2016, the number of people in need living in hard-to-reach and besieged areas is 5.47 million people,...

25 September 2016

Recognizing health as a human right for refugees and migrants

25 September 2016 – War, conflict and persecution have forced millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge and safety elsewhere. As of 2015, there were 250 million international migrants, of which 150 million are migrant workers. Also affected are particularly vulnerable groups of refugees (21.3 million) and...

18 September 2016

Somalia: Two years polio-free

18 September 2016 - In August 2016, Somalia marked two years since its last case of wild poliovirus, a child from Hobyo District of Mudug region who was paralyzed on 11 August 2014. Since then, no new cases of wild poliovirus have been reported. This major achievement was made possible...

18 August 2016

18 August 2016 – At least twice a week for the past few months, we have had to condemn attacks on hospitals and clinics in several countries of the Region. With each statement I read about innocent lives lost and health facilities destroyed, and my dismay and despair grow. Despite...

18 August 2016

#ProtectHealthWorkers: stop the attacks on health care in Syria

18 August 2016 – #ProtectHealthWorkers is a campaign by WHO focusing on health workers and health facilities, highlighting the challenges and risks they face every day, and monitoring their safety, making sure they remain protected and unharmed. Syria is now the most dangerous country in the world for health workers. The number...

17 August 2016

Health care increasingly out of reach for Syrians in eastern Aleppo City

5 August 2016 – Dr Hatem Abu Yazan, the General Director of the Children’s Specialised Hospital in Al Shaa’ar in eastern Aleppo City, was on duty in the hospital’s neonatal section on the first floor when he heard the sound of an airstrike. It was a sound that he was used...

17 July 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June. War and persecution have displaced and forced more than 60 million people to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. Half of the world's refugees are from WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region. WHO is concerned about the health...

03 July 2016

WHO scales up response to control dengue fever in Yemen

31 May 2016 - The World Health Organization is scaling up preparedness and response activities to control a potential outbreak of dengue fever in Yemen. According to the Ministry of Public Health and Population’s integrated disease surveillance system, almost 11 900 suspected cases of dengue fever were reported from January...