PROMOTE HEALTH, KEEP THE WORLD SAFE, SERVE THE VULNERABLE

Polio campaign in Pakistan During door-to-door national polio campaign a polio team outreach next to Indus river near Drrimiann goth (village) in Hyderabad district.Polio campaign in Pakistan During door-to-door national polio campaign a polio team outreach next to Indus river near Drrimiann goth (village) in Hyderabad district.

ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL HEALTH COVERAGE

On 11 February 2022, a man walks by with a blanket at an accommodation site that was set up for people affected by rising waters in Antananarivo after the passage of tropical storm Ana and tropical cyclone Batsirai. Since January 2022, multiple extreme weather events have damaged homes and public infrastructure in Madagascar, resulted in the death of over 200 people, and left over 650,000 people without access to health care. WHO has been working with national health authorities and partners to respond, including by delivering essential medical supplies and sending experts to the affected areas.On 11 February 2022, a man walks by with a blanket at an accommodation site that was set up for people affected by rising waters in Antananarivo after the passage of tropical storm Ana and tropical cyclone Batsirai. Since January 2022, multiple extreme weather events have damaged homes and public infrastructure in Madagascar, resulted in the death of over 200 people, and left over 650,000 people without access to health care. WHO has been working with national health authorities and partners to respond, including by delivering essential medical supplies and sending experts to the affected areas.

ADDRESSING HEALTH EMERGENCIES

Children play in Akara urban slum in Hargeisa city after some of them received oral polio vaccines during the national immunization campaign in Hargeisa, Somalia, on 27 March 2019.Children play in Akara urban slum in Hargeisa city after some of them received oral polio vaccines during the national immunization campaign in Hargeisa, Somalia, on 27 March 2019.

PROMOTING HEALTHIER POPULATIONS

Mohamed Ahmed Hela is in charge of operations and logistics for WHO’s hub in Dubai. He works with ministries and manages permissions to export from the United Arab Emirates. Helal informs countries of what is coming, when it is being shipped, and makes sure the process goes smoothly. This includes obtaining all the required certificates, authorizations, and approvals to allow shipments to pass through. “To help people, to help others, it is my pleasure. Being able to send medical kits to help people survive, knowing that you can help these people makes me feel comfortable. We sometimes have to sleep here at night and it's worth it," says Helal. The World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme maintains a Logistics hub located within the International Humanitarian City in Dubai. The WHO/Dubai operation maintains over 17,000 square meters of temperature-controlled warehousing and manages an inventory of medicines, medical supplies, and equipment valued at USD 40 million. The operation provides support to health emergencies across the globe in response to all types of events ranging from natural disasters to outbreaks of infectious disease. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO/Dubai operation has expanded to over 4 times its original size and has completed over 324 shipments to 108 destinations across all 6 WHO geographic regions. With the implementation of a WMS (warehouse management system) including bar-coding and scanning, the operation will gain significant efficiencies in managing inventory and rapidly dispatching supplies. The Operation established a dashboard to increase the visibility of supply chain data to support the tracking and monitoring of medical supplies dispatched from the logistics hub. Most recently, in response to the blast in Beirut, Lebanon the operation responded within 24 hours by delivering over 20 metric tons of trauma and surgical supplies; clearly demonstrating the rapid response capability and advantages of maintaining a pre-positioned supply of critical medical supplies and equipment.Mohamed Ahmed Hela is in charge of operations and logistics for WHO’s hub in Dubai. He works with ministries and manages permissions to export from the United Arab Emirates. Helal informs countries of what is coming, when it is being shipped, and makes sure the process goes smoothly. This includes obtaining all the required certificates, authorizations, and approvals to allow shipments to pass through. “To help people, to help others, it is my pleasure. Being able to send medical kits to help people survive, knowing that you can help these people makes me feel comfortable. We sometimes have to sleep here at night and it's worth it," says Helal. The World Health Organization’s Health Emergencies Programme maintains a Logistics hub located within the International Humanitarian City in Dubai. The WHO/Dubai operation maintains over 17,000 square meters of temperature-controlled warehousing and manages an inventory of medicines, medical supplies, and equipment valued at USD 40 million. The operation provides support to health emergencies across the globe in response to all types of events ranging from natural disasters to outbreaks of infectious disease. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHO/Dubai operation has expanded to over 4 times its original size and has completed over 324 shipments to 108 destinations across all 6 WHO geographic regions. With the implementation of a WMS (warehouse management system) including bar-coding and scanning, the operation will gain significant efficiencies in managing inventory and rapidly dispatching supplies. The Operation established a dashboard to increase the visibility of supply chain data to support the tracking and monitoring of medical supplies dispatched from the logistics hub. Most recently, in response to the blast in Beirut, Lebanon the operation responded within 24 hours by delivering over 20 metric tons of trauma and surgical supplies; clearly demonstrating the rapid response capability and advantages of maintaining a pre-positioned supply of critical medical supplies and equipment.

WHO SUPPORT TO COUNTRIES