WHO, partners need $2B for 79M people

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UNITED NATIONS: Ongoing turmoil in Syria and the impact of drought in Ethiopia are among the diverse and pressing crises cited by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) as the agency and its partners appealed for some $2.2 billion to provide lifesaving health services to more than 79 million people in more than 30 countries facing protracted emergencies this year. According to WHO’s Humanitarian Response Plans 2016, launched April 5 in Geneva, the agency and health partners are working together to provide urgent health services including essential medicines, vaccines and treatment for diseases such as cholera and measles, often in insecure and extremely difficult settings. Collectively, $ 2.2 billion is needed to provide lifesaving health services, of which WHO is appealing for $480 million.

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