WHO responding to health needs caused by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013
30 November 2013 -- Super typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Storm surges caused damages to 44 provinces, on 25 islands in Central Philippines. The immediate priorities for the Health Cluster currently remain the management of the direct effects of the disaster including trauma care for the wounded, essential primary and secondary care, including for medical, surgical and obstetric emergencies and management of dead bodies. As of 27 November more than 2000 children have recieved polio, measles vaccines and vitamine A suppliments.
Polio in the Syrian Arab Republic
November 2013– A comprehensive outbreak response continues to roll out across the Middle East following confirmation of the polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic. Seven countries and territories are holding mass polio vaccination campaigns with further extensive campaigns planned for December targeting 22 million children.
Disability and emergency risk management for health
10 October 2013 -- WHO and partners launces a guidance note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management. People with disabilities are disproportionately affected in emergencies and experience particularly high rates of mortality. To mark International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 World Health Organization, CBM and partners are publishing a guidance note to highlight the needs of people with disabilities before, during and after emergencies. The Guidance note points out the health-related actions to ensure that both mainstream and specific supports are available and accessible to people with disabilities.
3 October 2013 - Another earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Baluchistan on 28th September 2013 and caused more damage in the already affected areas of Awaran and Kitch. District Awaran was the origin of the earthquake and there has been further destruction in Tehsil Mashkey. The Baluchistan Provincial Disaster Management Authority reports that 185 000 people have been affected and 21 000 houses in Awaran and Kech are partially or fully collapsed. The earthquakes have caused 376 deaths and 594 people are injured. NDMA affirmed that the government is able to respond to the earthquake, and no further humanitarian assessments or relief items will be required.
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.