WHO emergency response in the Philippines

November 2013

The Operations Centre in the Philippines for coordinating the humanitarian response
WHO/F. Guerrero

When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013, WHO’s emergency response system was activated.

Under the emergency response, WHO is working with the Government of the Philippines to analyze the damage done to the health infrastructure and determine the immediate needs of the Philippine people.

This photo story illustrates how WHO is working the Philippine Department of Health to coordinate the work of foreign medical teams and other health partners. The story explains how WHO is coordinating the deployment of international medical teams and addressing health challenges.

An important part of emergency response is the shift from responding to the treatment of the injured to the health of people with chronic conditions or to those who are in need of regular medical treatment. This story demonstrates how WHO is able to make this shift, providing support for pregnant women, new mothers, vaccinations for children and enabling local health facilities to deliver essential medical services for people.

Read the photo story

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