Emergencies: global and local impact
Wars, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis,
disease outbreaks, famine, radiological incidents and chemical spills -
all are emergencies that, invariably, impact heavily on public health.
Internal emergencies in health facilities
- such as fires and loss of power or water - can damage buildings and
equipment and affect staff and patients. In conflicts, reasons for hospital
breakdowns include staff being forced to leave due to insecurity and the
looting of equipment and drugs.
In 2008, 321 natural disasters killed