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24 Jan 2005 description

No disease outbreaks have been reported. However, the threat of water-borne and vector-borne diseases remains a concern. Disease surveillance is high on everybody's agenda. In Aceh, an assessment of health, water and sanitation in 50 camps began on 24 January. A similar assessment in Jaffna, Sri Lanka confirmed there is work needed for better water quality and hygiene in camps.

22 Jan 2005 description

Summary

- While no disease outbreaks have been reported anywhere in the affected regions, the risk of water-borne and vector-borne diseases remains high among affected populations

- Vector-disease control and prevention programmes are being strengthened throughout the region.

21 Jan 2005 description

No disease outbreaks have been reported. However, the risk of outbreaks has not passed. Given the damaged infrastructure in Aceh there is a precarious situation and the public health system is straining to stay ahead of a wide range of threats to a severely weakened and still disoriented population. However, the hard work of local people in responding to this disaster, the local capacity that governments have built up over the past couple of years, and the strength of the international response has so far kept this threat at bay.

20 Jan 2005 description

Myanmar is one the countries which have been least affected by the consequences of the tsunami. While the situation may not require daily updates, a weekly situation report is warranted, containing key issues, situation updates, response by WHO and partners, as well as contact persons. The present report is dated 20 January 2005, the previous one was dated 13 January 2005.

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18 Jan 2005 description

On 18 January 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for South-East Asia held an Information Meeting on Tsunami with development agencies to strengthen partnerships in disaster relief operations.

18 Jan 2005 description


In some places - particularly in Aceh - access to the basic needs of water, sanitation, and hygiene is still not adequate. In other places, such as southern India, Sri Lanka and Thailand, the focus has moved more to planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Disease surveillance continues to be strengthened across the region in order to rapidly identify potential outbreaks. Experts are standing by in the case of an outbreak.

Summary

17 Jan 2005 description

17 JANUARY 2005 | GENEVA - The Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) begins its 115th session today. The opening day is likely to be dominated by reflection on the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the tsunami that hit on 26 December and the related relief and reconstruction work being carried out in the affected areas.

In his opening statement, WHO Director-General Dr LEE Jong-wook reported to the Board on his recent visit to areas in Indonesia and Sri Lanka worst affected by the tsunami.

17 Jan 2005 description


Across much of the affected area, the focus on planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction is increasing. However, in some places - particularly in the north of the Indonesian island of Sumatra - access to the basic needs of water, sanitation, and hygiene is still not adequate. In the district of Aceh, helicopter-based rapid health assessments continue. Disease surveillance continues to be strengthened across the region in order to rapidly identify potential outbreaks.
Summary

14 Jan 2005 description


14 January 2005 (12:00IST)- Aceh, Indonesia remains the priority for relief work as the province continues to be in a state of emergency. Strong progress has been achieved in Sri Lanka, but systemic relief must be undertaken alongside planning for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Summary

14 Jan 2005 description

The information below gives responses to questions that are likely to be frequently asked during an emergency.

12 Jan 2005 description

Health priorities

Initial emergency needs largely met - further focus on provision of safe drinking water and other basic needs

Focus on rebuilding any affected infrastructure, and on mid- and long-term support

Increase disease surveillance sensitivity

The situation

Myanmar was largely spared from the earthquake and tsunami, particularly when compared to other affected countries in the region.

The destructive force of the tsunami was further minimized by the particular topography of the southern and delta coastlines, as well as the rocky nature of the islands, which …

11 Jan 2005 description


11 January 2005 (12:00IST)- The fate of nearly one million people along the western coast of Indonesia's Aceh is slowly being assessed with anecdotal reports of death rates in excees of 50%. The highest priority is getting aid to those it has not reached. Simultaneously, plans for rehabilitation are picking up, particularly in Sri Lanka. Health actors, supported by WHO, are progressing with health assessments and know what is needed technically. The current challenge is developing the operational capacities on the ground.

Priorities

09 Jan 2005 description

The Tsunami Assistance Coordination Group, chaired by the International Federation of the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and including WHO, met on 6 January to consolidate findings of the different assessment and verification missions.

09 Jan 2005 description


Period covered: 00:008/1/05-00:009/1/05

9 January 2005 (12:00IST)- Finding the right balance between relief for the dire acute emergency and reconstruction continues. While calls for and plans for rehabilitation are picking up, particularly in Sri Lanka, the reality in the field remains that some areas remain difficult to access. Health actors, supported by WHO, are progressing with health assessments and know what is needed technically. The current challenge is building full operational capacities on the ground.

Priorities

08 Jan 2005 description


Period covered: 00:00 7/1/05-00:00 8/1/05