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WHO emergency response in the Philippines

A gymnasium serves as a centre for evacuees
WHO/I. Hamam

An important role of WHO and its partners in the Health Cluster is the surveillance of infectious diseases. This includes the assessment of disease outbreak risks and the establishment of an early warning system. As long as many people lack access to shelter, food, safe water, sanitation and access to health services, diseases can spread very rapidly and cause high numbers of illness and even death.

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