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Making hospitals safe in emergencies: country examples

Mother and child crossing flooded street in Haiti


Haiti experienced a highly intense hurricane season in 2008, with three major tropical storms hitting the country. More than 800 people were killed and critical infrastructure was severely damaged. The city of Gonaives lost its 175-bed Providence Hospital, which served a population of more than 1.8 million people. In response, the health ministry, with WHO support, is tackling ways to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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