Health Action in Crises - Highlights No. 187 - 10 to 16 Dec 2007

from World Health Organization
Published on 16 Dec 2007
Each week, the World Health Organization Health Action in Crises in Geneva produces information highlights on critical health-related activities in countries where there are 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.


Assessments and Events

- Tropical storm Olga has caused major floods and landslides in the Caribbean, killing more than 14 people, including 11 in the Dominican Republic.

- There are fears that downpours could cause flash floods and mudslides in the south-east Bahamas, eastern Cuba and Jamaica as well as the Dominican Republic and Haiti.


- WHO is monitoring the situation and keeping on stand-by to provide any assistance requested.