WHO/Europe helps countries in the WHO European Region to prepare for and respond to health emergencies by offering technical guidance, support and coordinating in the field. WHO/Europe also implements the International Health Regulations (IHR) which provides a unique global framework for health security, involving 196 countries worldwide and including all WHO Member States. Under the IHR, countries commit to reporting public health emergencies of international concern and in strengthening their national surveillance, preparedness, and response systems.

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6 years into the conflict, hero vaccinators in northern Syria brave danger to protect children from disease

This month marks a tragic milestone – 6 years since the conflict began in the Syrian Arab Republic. This ongoing crisis has led to 5 million refugees, more than 6 million internally displaced persons and 13.5 million people in need within the Syrian Arab Republic.

Situation updates: Turkey and northern Syria

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Humanitarian crisis in Ukraine

Increased access to a wide range of health care services is needed for the more than 5 million people affected by the humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine.

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5 things you should know

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