Emergency preparedness and humanitarian action

WHO responds to medicine shortage in Iraq, 2014WHO responds to medicine shortages in Iraq, June 2014Humanitarian action has entered unchartered territory in terms of the number of people requiring assistance, mainly as a result of the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic, where almost 9.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance as of May 2014. Overall, more than 56 million people in 13 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region are currently affected by natural disasters and violence resulting from political conflict.


29 January 2015 - The World Health Organization deplores the recent attacks on health staff and health facilities in Afghanistan, Sudan and Yemen, and expresses deep concern about the serious...

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8 December 2014 – The total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq has reached 2.1 million people, with 40% of those displaced in the Kurdistan region of Iraq....

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Libya crisis situation update

30 November 2014 – A United Nations (UN) interagency assessment mission took place from 17 to 22 October to assess the operational environment in Tripoli. It is now estimated that...

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In focus

WHO assesses Ebola preparedness in the Region

The Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean has completed assessments of national preparedness for Ebola virus disease in 18...

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Second Arab Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the South Sinai Governorate and the League of Arab States (LAS) are organizing...

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