Emergency and humanitarian action

Earthquake in Nepal; 25 April 2015

Woman being treated after earthquake.
EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA
An elderly woman receives medical treatment at the open site of an hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal, 26 April 2015.

The World Health Organization has handed over four emergency health kits comprising of medicines and medical supplies and US dollars 175 000 as the first tranche of emergency health funds to meet the immediate health needs of the earthquake affected people in Nepal.

“Within hours of the tragedy, WHO disbursed medical supplies to cover the health needs of 40 000 people for three months. These supplies are in the form of inter-agency emergency health kits and were given to hospitals in Nepal treating the injured,” WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.

10 years recovery from the 2004 tsunami

It has been a decade since the devastating tsunami hit this region with a vengeance claiming lives of close to 200 000 people, displacing more than 2 million from their homes and destroying /damaging huge areas of the natural environment and human built structures along the coast of 10 countries in South-East Asia and five countries in East Africa.

The region has come a long way since the 2004 event in its preparedness and capacity building initiatives in the area of disaster risk reduction and emergency risk management by formulating guidelines and disseminating knowledge and skills to manage health emergencies during crisis situations and assisting in building disaster resilient structures.

Mt. Kelud Volcano Eruption, Kediri-Blitar-Malang District, East Java Province,13 February, 2014

A hazard zone has been declared within 10 km radius from the crater. As of 18 February, MoH has reported 6 deaths, 15 missing and 83,674 IDPs across 89 camps. Local government response has included mobilisation and deployment of evacuation team, mobilisation of health posts, mobile health teams and three field hospitals, distribution of masks to the affected population and a rapid response team to assess the needs of affected districts.

Flooding in Jakarta Province, Java island, Indonesia; 11 Jan.14

Heavy flooding (up to 300cm height) started on Saturday, 11 January 2014. As per MoH report of 14 January 2014, 4 deaths have been reported and 26,666 people have been internally displaced, located across 71 camps. Local Rapid Health Assessment team has been mobilised. MoH is conducting clean water and disease control measures. WHO Indonesia office is supporting MoH on emergency nutrition, water-sanitation and hygiene issues. International assistance is currently not requested.