Conflict, flooding pose health risks in the Philippines
7 September 2009 -- Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced and face multiple health risks. In the current episode of our podcast, we focus on how WHO is working to respond to the enormous health challenges faced by many.
MANILA/GENEVA—Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of
people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced from their homes and face
multiple health risks, including malnutrition, diarrhoea, respiratory illness and psychosocial trauma.
“Urgent financial and material support is needed to strengthen the health response to this humanitarian
crisis and reduce the suffering so many people are facing,” said Dr Soe Nyunt-U, the World Health
Organization's representative to the Philippines.