Philippines

Philippines Health Cluster Bulletin Issue #19, 16 May 2014

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TYPHOON YOLANDA

Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) struck 6 months ago. Health cluster activities have moved from immediate emergency response to longer term rebuild and rehabilitation. This includes addressing emerging health needs and planning for the future for health facility structures and services.

Focus of activity has been on

  • provision of immediate healthcare with international and Philippine medical teams from other regions providing primary, surgical and specialized care to those most in need;

  • repairing and rebuilding health facilities;

  • water quality testing and integrating with other clusters to provide clean water and appropriate sanitation in homes and in healthcare facilities;

  • enabling and enhancing service delivery for maternal and child health, mental health and psychosocial support;

  • preventing disease through mop-up and routine vaccination activities, surveillance and rapid response for potential outbreak diseases such as diarrhoea and vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya;

  • underpinning programmes for ongoing service provision for tuberculosis, HIV and rabies;

  • building on existing systems and policies to enhance preparedness for future disasters.