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05 Sep 2012 description

SEAR/PR 1551

Yogyakarta, 5 September 2012: Eleven countries in WHO’s South-East Asia Region are now on track to declaring the Region Polio free, this was recognized during an event at the WHO’s Regional Committee Meeting in Yogyakarta, today. The last case of wild poliovirus in the Region was reported on 13 January 2011 in India making a regional polio free certification possible in early 2014. However, the Region remains at risk with poliovirus circulating in the endemic countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

12 Jan 2012 description

Critical need to maintain immunity to poliovirus in India until global eradication achieved

ATLANTA / EVANSTON, Ill. / GENEVA / NEW YORK / SEATTLE ¦ 12 January 2012 – India appears to have interrupted wild poliovirus transmission, today completing one year without polio since its last case, in a 2-year-old girl in the state of West Bengal, on 13 January 2011.

02 Apr 2009 description

2 APRIL 2009 | BEIJING - Health ministers from countries with the greatest burdens of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) have agreed to a series of actions to accelerate efforts to halt and reverse the global epidemic of the disease.

Global leaders, including WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan and the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Mr Bill Gates, were joined by the Vice Premier of the People's Republic of China, Mr Li Keqiang, and ministers and high-level representatives of 27 countries with high burden, at a three-day meeting organized by WHO.

The …

07 Nov 2008 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and headquarters. The mandate of the WHO departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery.

06 Aug 2006 description

Each week, the World Health Organization Department for Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters.

31 Aug 2004 description

DISCLAIMER: The following is a non-exhaustive selection of health-related events and WHO actions undertaken during the stated period in specific countries in which populations are experiencing crisis conditions. This has been compiled by WHO/Health Action in Crises (HAC/HQ), in consultation with relevant Country and Regional Offices. If you are a WHO staff member and wish to contribute to this update, please write crises@who.int.

30 Nov 2001 description

The 2002 CAP: A New Year of Humanitarian Programmes. WHO and other UN agencies have finalized the 18 Consolidated Inter-Agency Appeals for the year 2002, focusing on the vital survival needs of estimated 44 million vulnerable caught in humanitarian crises. Total requirements amount to over US$ 2.5 billion, of which WHO needs some 80 million for essential public health interventions.

29 Oct 2001 description


The following is an information update from WHO Afghanistan:
Arrival of Dr. M. A. Jama, newly appointed WHO Regional Health Coordinator for the Afghan Crisis:

19 Oct 2001 description

General Points

30 Sep 2000 description


HIV/AIDS in Complex Emergencies - A Call for Action
Dr Peter Piot, Executive Director, UNAIDS

31 Aug 2000 description

Department of Emergency and Humanitarian Action
The context

Central and South Asia are currently suffering from severe drought. Significant losses of livestock and crops, rapid deterioration of health and sanitary conditions and some population displacements have already been reported. Unfortunately the deteriorating situation has received little international attention. Immediate donor response will be critical to assist the people most seriously affected.

31 Aug 2000 description

New documents published in August and available at EHA:

  • Angola: Update on the Situation of Meningitis in the Country
  • Angola: Epidemic Outbreaks Update
  • Kosovo Health Talks 30 and 31
  • Health Situation Report West Timor
  • Interim Health Policy Guidelines for Kosovo
  • Humanitarian Action and Public Health in Disasters. Allocation of National and International Resources, EHA Paper for the World Congress on Medicine and Health, Hanover 21 July - 20 August
For comments, further information and requests, please contact:
WHO/EHA, External Relations
31 Jul 2000 description


Afghanistan, India, Iran and Iraq are included in the first table below; Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China are in the table which follows. Updated and additional information is most welcome. Please submit to the email address at the bottom of the page.