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Philippines Tropical Storm Washi Donor Alert
Tropical storm Washi struck the Southern Philippines on 16 December 2011, leaving a trail of devastation in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan on Mindanao island.

Thousands of South Sudan people suffer from kala azar epidemic as cases rise
Juba, 28 October 2011, (WHO South Sudan) – Kala azar epidemic continues to threaten thousands of lives of people in the new Republic of South Sudan as cases continue to rise.

WHO scales up humanitarian support in Sindh
7 October 2011 ¦ KARACHI — “In view of the current flood crisis, World Health Organization (WHO) will be scaling up its humanitarian response in all the affected areas in Sindh to address the health issues faced by the population displaced by the floods. WHO is already working side by side with the Sindh provincial and district health authorities and health implementing partners to comprehensively address health problems, but more funds are urgently needed in order to save precious human lives.” This was stated by Dr. Guido Sabatinelli, the WHO Representative in Pakistan, while speaking to the provincial Secretary Health …

Pakistan Floods Donor Alert
The recent heavy flooding caused by the monsoon in Pakistan, most devastating in Sindh, has af-fected the lives of over five million people. Flood waters continue to drain, leaving behind massive damage and large areas of standing water in Sindh.

New psychological first aid guide to strengthen humanitarian relief
16 August 2011 — Humanitarian emergencies – like earthquakes, extreme drought, or war – not only affect people’s physical health but also their psychological and social health and well-being. A new guide makes sure that best practices are consistently applied in humanitarian settings to improve the mental health of disaster affected populations.

Drought and food crisis in the Horn of Africa
8 July 2011 — The Horn of Africa is facing what has been described as the worst drought in over half a century. Around ten million people in Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. In Somalia, where the drought is compounded by the escalating conflict, tens of thousands of people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia and Kenya, where many of them are living in overcrowded camps without adequate health care, clean water or proper sanitation. Malnutrition rates are soaring, and the low vaccination coverage of children is …

Ensuring disease surveillance and responding to outbreaks in Côte d’Ivoire
UNHCR is building a new site for 10 000 internally displaced people in Niably to relieve the pressure on Duékoué where up to 30 000 people are gathered in insalubrious over-crowding. WHO is negotiating with the NGO Caritas for the provision of health care in the new camp. WHO will supply medicines and cash for expenditure and Caritas will staff the health post and ensure the provision of health care for the next six months.

Providing health care despite the crises in South Kordofan and Abyei
Insecurity and movement restrictions limit humanitarian access in many parts of South Kordofan. The humanitarian community has proposed a three-day ceasefire to allow aid to reach affected communities and to relieve UN staff currently caught in Kadugli. As Health Cluster lead agency, WHO requested that all partners identify needed medicines and supplies in the health facilities they support so that these can be urgently transported once the ceasefire takes place.

Growing needs for emergency life-saving health care in Yemen
Increasing numbers of people are fleeing Abyan Governorate. According to OCHA, an estimated 10 000 people have sought refuge in Lahij Governorate, 15 000 in Aden Governorate and a further 15 000 are scattered within Abyan. In Lahij, 90% of the displaced are staying with families while those in Aden have mostly found shelter in schools. IDPs in Abyan are staying in schools, public buildings and with host families.

Fighting the rise in cholera cases in Haiti
There was a rise in the number of cholera cases reported in May and early June, particularly around Port-au-Prince and in the southern peninsula (Grand Anse, Nippes, Sud and Sud-Est) as well as in Artibonite and Nord. This increase may be due in part to the beginning of the rainy season and the flooding that hit the capital. Between 2 May and 12 June, 18 182 new cases were notified in Port-au-Prince, where 90% of the 2300 beds in cholera treatment facilities were occupied. As of 21 June, the occupancy rate had dropped to 72%.

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