WHO Grade 3 Emergencies [to 29 October 2016]
:: WHO and partners gear up to safeguard lives of displaced persons fleeing Mosul
26 October 2016 — The World Health Organization, together with national health authorities and health cluster partners, have accelerated preparedness and response measures for internally displaced persons from Mosul by prepositioning 46 mobile medical clinics, 45 mobile health teams and 26 ambulances in a number of prioritized areas around the country. Life-saving medicines and supplies for more than 350 000 beneficiaries have also been prepositioned, including chronic disease medicines, diarrhoeal disease medicines, and trauma and surgical supplies. Additional essential medicines are being delivered from WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai, and are also being procured locally.
Nigeria -No new announcements identified.
South Sudan – No new announcements identified.
The Syrian Arab Republic – No new announcements identified.
Yemen – No new announcements identified.
WHO Grade 2 Emergencies [to 29 October 2016]
Cameroon – No new announcements identified.
Central African Republic – No new announcements identified.
Democratic Republic of the Congo – No new announcements identified.
Ethiopia – No new announcements identified.
Libya – No new announcements identified.
Myanmar – No new announcements identified.
Niger – No new announcements identified.
Ukraine – No new announcements identified.
While the WHO Emergency webpages above do not capture the announcements below, we add them here for continuity in understanding emergency contexts.
WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region EMRO
:: WHO releases emergency funds to support cholera response in Yemen
27 October 2016 – WHO has released approximately US$ 1 million from its internal emergency funds to support the ongoing response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. Since the outbreak was announced by the Ministry of Public Health and Population on 6 October, a total of 1184 suspected cases of cholera, including 6 deaths, have been reported. More than 7.6 million people are currently living in areas affected by the outbreak, and more than 3 million internally displaced persons are especially vulnerable.
: WHO expands the system for detection, alert, and containment of potential epidemics in light of Mosul humanitarian response – 26 October 2016
Baghdad, 26 October 2016 – In coordination with the Iraqi Federal Ministry of Health and Ministry of Health of Kurdistan Regional Government, WHO conducted 3 consecutive training sessions from 28 September to 6 October 2016 in Erbil and Suleimaniyah in the Kurdistan region.
The training focused on the early warning alert and response network system (EWARNS) and was targeted at staff from the new health facilities established to respond to the health needs of newly displaced populations in formal and emergency settlements, and hosting communities.
“We have to monitor communicable diseases trends, patterns and vigilance,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative to Iraq. “EWARNS will be the tool to measure these trends and help to detect early epidemics in displaced population areas to support the federal and regional ministries of health and health cluster partners with effective epidemic-prone disease prevention and control measures,” he added.
This series of trainings marked the entry of new 43 health facilities to the network in Iraq to scale up the number of reporting sites to over 180. 24 health staff from Ninewa Directorate of Health received comprehensive training on EWARNS reporting and are ready for deployment to the new health facilities to resume related EWARNS functions…
UN OCHA – L3 Emergencies
The UN and its humanitarian partners are currently responding to three ‘L3’ emergencies. This is the global humanitarian system’s classification for the response to the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crises.
:: Iraq: Mosul Humanitarian Response Situation Report #3 (23-25 October 2016)
…Over 10,500 people are currently displaced and in need of humanitarian assistance. Partners are providing emergency assistance in camps and host communities. The majority of displaced people are sheltering in host communities.
…Population movements are fluctuating as the front lines move, including people returning to their homes following improved security conditions in the immediate area.
…Assessments have recorded a significant number of female-headed households, raising concerns around the detention or capture of men and boys.
…Almost 14,500 people have received emergency assistance within 24 hours of areas newly-retaken from ISIL becoming accessible to humanitarian partners since the start of military operations.
:: 28 Oct 2016 Turkey | Syria: Flash Update – Developments in Eastern Aleppo (as of 27 October 2016) [EN/AR]
:: 26 October 2016 Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien Statement to the Security Council on Syria, 26 October 2016
– No new announcements identified.