The health and nutrition component of the draft Humanitarian Action Plan (HAP), which covers a three-month time period and aims to facilitate coordination of the humanitarian response and early recovery had been prepared. The key activities for the health and nutrition cluster focus on the restoration of access to health care services; strengthening Early Warning and Response Systems (EWARS); provision of child health and nutrition services; provision of minimum initial service package on Sexual Reproductive Health; provision of essential mental health and psychosocial support; and addressing the public health risk associated with food, water and sanitation.
In line with the Government’s thrust to start the repatriation of internally-displaced persons (IDPs), assessments are ongoing to find out if people can now return to their homes. These assessments include identifying the general condition of the infrastructure, the water, sanitation and hygiene conditions as well as the health risk factors in the communities.
Nutrition assessment is also ongoing especially to investigate clinical malnutrition. Trainings are also provided to those conducting the assessments.
The Health Promotion Division of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has heightened its health campaigns and dissemination of key messages to flood-affected communities. A health promotion forum and training of volunteers were conducted on 23 April 2014.