Floods in western Africa: health relief arrives

28 January 2008

WHO staff with local villagers and donated medical supplies in Togo.
WHO/Alex Wynter

Floods across western Africa in September were the worst for several decades. Hundreds of thousands of people were at least temporarily displaced, health risks from water-borne bacteria and viruses surged, and already over-burdened health systems were disrupted or destroyed.

As countries in the western African flood plain continue to recover, WHO and partners recently responded with distributions of badly needed medical equipment, drugs and supplies to help get health services back to normal.

"To think that several months down the line we are still receiving support really touches our hearts," says Mustapha Ali Idris, a government minister in northern Ghana.

This photo essay shows some of the flood's effects in Ghana and Togo, and health service recovery operations coordinated by WHO and the WHO Regional Office for Africa, and supported by Norway.

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