On January 23rd at 2:00 PM Geneva (8:00 AM EST), the World Health Organization will launch its Health Emergency Appeal 2023. Join the launch via live stream.
From climate change to conflict, from infectious disease outbreaks to soaring rates of malnutrition: the health and well-being of millions of people is under attack. As we enter 2023, the number of people in need of humanitarian relief has increased by almost a quarter compared to 2022, with a record 339 million people requiring urgent assistance – many of whom are at risk from disease outbreaks, nutritional crises, and lack of access to essential medical services.
The World Health Organization needs US$ 2.54 billion to continue to respond to the needs of the most vulnerable during this unprecedented moment of intersecting emergencies. The rise in climate change-related disasters, the Ukraine conflict and its effects on food systems and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have created an alarming combination of threats to health globally.
WHO is launching its Health Emergency Appeal for 2023 to respond to the urgent needs of the most vulnerable for 55 ongoing emergencies including 11 Grade 3 emergencies. During the event, the priorities, challenges and opportunities for health in emergency and humanitarian responses will be presented.
DR TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS
Director General, World Health Organization
RT HON GORDON BROWN WHO
Ambassador, Global Health Financing and former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2007-2010
MS SARAH CHARLES
Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, United States Agency for International Development
DR NAGHAM HASAN
A gynecologist in Iraq, partner to WHO, and regional winner of the Nansen award for the Middle East and North Africa
DR MIKE RYAN
Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme
DR FIONA BRAKA
Health Emergencies Operations Manager, WHO Regional Office for Africa
DR IMAN SHANKITI
WHO Representative a.i., Syria
DR JARNO HABICHT
WHO Representative, Ukraine