Relief and health services reach people affected by Typhoon Haiyan

November 2013

WHO Representative supports a young child to stand steady, Cebu, Philippines.
WHO/F. Guerrero

Just a few weeks after the powerful Typhoon Haiyan devastated the area, the WHO Representative for the Philippines visits an evacuation centre and local hospital in Cebu to see first-hand how affected people are coping and health services are being provided to those in need.

Basic needs for shelter, food, clothes, clean water and sanitation are being delivered in the more than 1000 evacuation centres, like this one, now operating. Health check-ups are provided to pregnant women. Children receive measles and polio vaccinations to prevent these highly contagious and serious diseases, and have a chance to play and set aside their anxieties. A local hospital, bolstered by foreign medical teams, cares for people with serious injuries and makes childbirth safer as the recovery unfolds.

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