Health in Philippines - Bohol Earthquake: One year on
15 October 2014 - On this day last year, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale shook the Philippines. The epicentre was located in the island province of Bohol in Central Visayas but was felt as far as Southern Mindanao. Less than a month later, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) swept through central Visayas. Although it did not cause significant damage on the island of Bohol, it had a strong impact on the emergency response. Many government and international humanitarian resources were moved from Bohol to address the health needs caused by Haiyan which in turn delayed the speed of the recovery in Bohol.
Six months after the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) was the largest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines on the 8 November 2013 and affected estimated 16 million people. WHO and the Philippines Department of Health has co-lead the Health Cluster, working together with the other national and international health partners. The main objective has been to respond quickly and effectively, to restore health services for those in need. The health response has focused on obstetric and neo-natal care, trauma care, mental health and psychosocial support, chronic conditions and infectious diseases. Work has been done to strengthen the alert and surveillance capacity to avoid disease outbreaks.