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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Supporting emergency response in Aleppo from Gaziantep, Turkey

The siege of eastern Aleppo in the northern Syrian Arab Republic has devastated the city’s health system, with fewer than 30 doctors now available to care for more than 270 000 people.

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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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