Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters (SPEED)

In the last quarter of 2009, tropical storms Ketsana, Pharma and Santi poured the heaviest rainfall on Metro Manila in more than 40 years. This caused massive flooding in the National Capital Region and Region IVA. A few weeks later, the world's biggest leptospirosis outbreak reported more than 200 deaths and 3 000 cases in various hospitals around the country.

The Global Outbreak Alert Response (GOARN) investigated the outbreak, and recommended that an integrated information system in emergencies be established, for it would provide early warning for potential disease outbreaks.

SPEED conceptualized and established

Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disasters or SPEED was conceptualized to provide real time health information reporting after a disaster.

Dr. Gerardo Medina
Programme Officer
Emergency and Humanitarian Action

Dr. Aura Corpuz
SPEED Project Officer

Our Partners

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Government of Finland
European Union

WHO work in the Philippines

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy for the Philippines, 2011-2016

WHO Philippines Annual Report, 2011