Ebola virus disease outbreak in North Kivu, DRC
On 1 August 2018, the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo declared a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease in North Kivu Province. The Ministry of Health, WHO and partners are currently responding to this event.
occupied Palestinian territory crisis
Since the mass demonstrations by Palestinians began in Gaza on 30 March 2018 until 15 May, a cumulative total of 115 people have been killed, and 12,277 people have been injured by the response of Israeli forces, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. From this total, a cumulative 3,597 are live ammunition gunshot injuries. In addition, in the same period WHO has documented an increasing number of attacks on health facilities and personnel with recorded 230 attacks against health workers and 25 attacks against. A request for Emergency Medical Teams has been sent out to address specialist surgical needs and the Health Cluster has established a Trauma Working Group. Health Cluster partners are responding to this crisis by providing surgical teams, medical supplies and equipment but further funding is needed to meet the needs of the population.
Addressing Emergency Care in Afghanistan
After fighting broke out in the rural district of Chark-Logar, Salim and his family were forced to flee their home. During the firefight, Salim was shot in the stomach. It took Salim two hours until he reached a first aid post. Salim's story is not unusual in today's Afghanistan, where the already overwhelmed health facilities are often unable to absorb the burden. The Ministry of Health, with support from the Health Cluster, led by WHO, is struggling to rebuild a health system badly damaged after years of conflict.