Health Cluster: Response to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), 14 February 2014
Typhoon Haiyan swept through the central Philippines on 8 November 2013, destroying half a million homes, killing more than 6,000 people, and displacing over four million.
The Health Cluster aims to prevent deaths, reduce harm from injury, reduce transmission of infectious disease, and provide efficient treatment as appropriate. Health services need to be fully re-established, health facilities rebuilt, and health systems improved.
Three months into the response, the activities currently focus on:
1) Provision for immediate healthcare needs, including obstetric and neonatal care, infectious diseases, and mental health needs;
2) Strengthening surveillance and outbreak prevention and response; and
3) Continued support to primary and secondary healthcare activities and access to tertiary referral services.