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.


An escalation of armed conflict in Yemen has resulted in hundreds dead and thousands injured.  Read about WHO's response to increasing health needs in Yemen.

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The humanitarian crisis in Iraq has been one of the most rapidly unfolding in the world. Read more about WHO's response in Iraq

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In focus

World Refugee Day 2016

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June. War and persecution have displaced...

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16 May 2016 – In May 2016, the global community will converge on Istanbul, Turkey, for the World Humanitarian Summit – the culmination of a worldwide consultation process involving 8 regions...

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