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Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

Iran floods leave people with limited access to life-saving health services

10 May 2019 - On 18 March 2019, a flood hit the eastern part of Mazandaran and Golestan provinces after four days of heavy rain. A few days later, additional floods in the west, southwest, and northeast of the country affected thousands of people. Shortly after, a third wave of heavy rains commenced.

As of 9 April, a total of 28 provinces have been affected by the floods (out of 31 provinces in total).

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Passion for working in emergencies

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Hala Khudari: passion for working in emergencies

Cairo, 8 April 2019 — “When I see the vast number of people trapped in emergency countries in our Region, including children who are severely malnourished, I am more determined to keep doing whatever I can to help save their lives,” says Hala Khudari, technical officer in the WHO Regional Office's health emergencies programme. 

Hala joined the WHO country office in Syria a few months after receiving her Masters of Science in Nutrition from the American University of Beirut in 2011. There, she managed regular and emergency nutrition activities. And with the onset of the crisis, she has been fully engaged in supporting WHO’s emergency response operations, with a focus on nutrition. Despite the considerable pressure of work and some “dark moments” she says she has faced, especially while working at field level and near the frontlines, Hala maintains an unending passion for working in emergencies.

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International Women’s Day 2019: Women surviving in emergency settings

International Women’s Day 2019: Women surviving in emergency settings

Murjan is a senior nurse with a mobile clinic that provides mammography services to women in the West Bank villages in the occupied Palestinian territory. It often takes her a few hours, if possible at all, to reach some of the areas – and not just because of the remoteness.

8 March 2019 – Millions of women in the Eastern Mediterranean Region continue to be affected by years of war, displacement, and poverty. The conditions these women face everyday are extremely harsh. From losing their husbands and children, to fleeing their homes and struggling to find safe shelter, their journeys are filled with severe hardship. As conflict continues unabated, women in the Region remain remarkably resilient and strong. On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, we show a few examples of these brave women surviving in emergency contexts.

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