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Health Action in Crises Highlights No 150 - 19 to 25 Mar 2007

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Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on the health aspects of selected humanitarian crises. Drawing on the various WHO programmes, contributions cover activities from field and country offices and the support provided by WHO regional offices and Headquarters. The mandate of the WHO Departments specifically concerned with Emergency and Humanitarian Action in Crises is to increase the effectiveness of the WHO contribution to crisis preparedness and response, transition and recovery. This note, which is not exhaustive, is designed for internal use and does not reflect any official position of the WHO Secretariat.

AFGHANISTAN

Assessments and events:

Flash floods and avalanches triggered by torrential rains killed at least 50 people and destroyed or damaged more than 500 houses in the southern and south-western provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan, Badghis and Ghor. Around 3500 persons are reported to be affected.

The Joint Disaster Preparedness Committee (JDPC), which includes the Government, UN agencies, international relief organizations and coalition forces, has sent rapid assessment teams to the affected areas.

Local resources are enough to cover the needs and the health supplies are included in the joint Government/UN response plan. The JDPC has already sent medicine, together with tents, tarpaulins and blankets to Uruzgan.

Actions:

The WHO Representative is acting for the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and thus leading the overall humanitarian response.

In the South, the WHO sub office assessed the damages to health facilities and coordinates the health response, monitoring availability of staff and disease outbreaks.

WHO delivered 37 diarrhoeal diseases kits (part of the Inter Agency Health Emergency kits 2006) to the MoH. The supplies will be used in all areas affected by insecurity, drought or floods.