Disaster Risk Management for Health

Tropical Cyclone Pam

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WHO is coordinating response efforts with Vanuatu's Ministry of Health and other humanitarian partners to bring much-needed health support to the Pacific island country, following the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam. The cyclone ravaged Vanuatu on 13–14 March with winds of more than 250 kilometres/hour.

Workshop on Disaster Risk Management for Health in the Pacific

28 July 2014 - Nadi Fiji, Participants from 10 Pacific island countries and health experts will convene in Nadi on July 28-30, 2014 to exchange information and ideas and discuss adaptation strategies under the theme: Disaster Risk Management for Health.

The World Risk Index of the World Risk Report ranks 10 countries in the Western Pacific Region among the top 20 countries in the world that have the highest risk of disasters. In particular, it includes Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu among the Pacific island countries.

Solomon Islands flash floods, April 2014

Heavy rains poured over Solomon Islands on 3-5 April 2014, and resulted to massive flooding in the capital city of Honiara and the rest of the Guadalcanal province. The disaster has left 23 people dead and thousands more affected with the loss of homes, livelihoods and basic infrastructures. The Government declared a state of emergency in Honiara and the rest of Guadalcanal province.

Health services delivery in affected areas are hampered. Health priorities include access to safe water and sanitation facilities, nutrition and food safety, maternal and child health services, mental health and psychosocial support, preventing the spread of communicable diseases as well as environmental sanitation.

WHO responds to health needs of communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

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Super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Storm surges caused widespread flooding in coastal areas and brought damages to 41 provinces in many Regions in Central Philippines. The severely affected areas are Tacloban City, Leyte, and Northern Iloilo.

Many people living in these affected areas were injured and the devastating effects of this typhoon left already vulnerable health facilities damaged or completely destroyed. As a result, health services in the worst affected areas no longer exist or are severely stretched, with medical supplies in very short supply.

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Disaster Risk Management for Health
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