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2016 in review: WHO’s work in emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2016 in review: WHO’s work in emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

2016 in review: WHO’s work in emergencies in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

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 to the most vulnerable and in need.

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Aid workers share experiences of evacuations from eastern Aleppo, Syria

Children in eastern Aleppo were happy to be together after being evacuated

Aid workers share experiences of evacuations from eastern Aleppo, Syria

January 2017 – Intensified fighting in eastern Aleppo starting in July 2016 resulted in thousands of people injured and killed, and has deprived the civilian population of essential services, including health care. In September 2016, the humanitarian community began negotiations with parties to the conflict to obtain approval for a medical evacuation and assistance plan that would allow the delivery of medicines into the city and the evacuation of civilians.

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

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Lack of funding for health in Sudan resulting 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 health care.

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