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20 Dec 2017 description

Review the biggest health stories from WHO in 2017. Relive some of WHO's major achievements in the past year.

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22 Nov 2017 description

Con el objetivo de evaluar daños y definir estrategias, funcionarios de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud y de la Organización Mundial de la Salud en Cuba, visitaron varios de los municipios cubanos más afectados durante el paso del Huracán Irma.

El recorrido contó con la presencia de la Sra. Virginia Andre, Responsable de la Oficina de Ayuda Humanitaria de la Unión Europea (ECHO) para Centroamérica y el Caribe, a través de la cual se recibe un financiamiento para contribuir a la recuperación de las infraestructuras dañadas a causa del desastre natural en la isla.

22 Sep 2017 description

Washington, Sept. 21, 2017 (PAHO/WHO) – The Pan American Health Organization's Disaster Task Force is now dealing with the aftermath of two high magnitude earthquakes in Mexico and two category 5 hurricanes in the Caribbean, working to support health authorities in affected countries in dealing with the health aspects of the emergencies.

21 Sep 2017 description


  • Hurricane Maria, made landfall on Dominica on evening of September 18, 2017 as a category 5 Hurricane. The Princess Margaret Hospital is reported to be severely damaged and flooded. Dialysis service damaged, and the electricity is down. Seven deaths have been reported on the island due to the storm.

  • The hurricane made landfall on Puerto Rico around 6 AM today, bringing catastrophic flash flooding. Before Hurricane Maria made landfall, there were 172 shelters housing 9,981 occupants.

19 Sep 2017 description


  • On the forecast track of Hurricane Maria, currently a category 4 Hurricane, the center of the storm will move across the Leeward Islands late today and tonight, bringing heavy rain and wind to islands that were already impacted by Hurricane Irma.

  • In Anguilla, the Ann-Victoria Smith Polyclinic (Welches Polyclinic) is operational and will absorb patients of the Valley Health Center and Dental Unit which has closed due to major damage.

19 Sep 2017 description


  • Since 25 August more than 379 000 people are estimated to have crossed from Myanmar to Bangladesh following violence in Rakhine state, Myanmar

  • 156 000 are located in makeshift settlement/camps, 35 000 in host communities and 188 000 in new spontaneous settlements

  • 26 747 people have been displaced in Myanmar

15 Sep 2017 description

Hurricane Irma, as category 5 hurricane, traversed the Atlantic bringing maximum sustained winds of 296 km/h and heavy rains to the Leeward Islands. The most heavily impacted islands are Anguilla,

15 Sep 2017 description


• Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring access to electricity and clean water

• As some people continue to be in shelters one week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, continued access to clean water and good sanitary conditions is critical

• In Cuba, 13 of the 15 provinces were affected by the hurricane with 14 municipalities have been identified as heavily affected and 6 municipalities as in critical condition. Two hospitals in Havana were evacuated.

15 Sep 2017 description


  • Islands that suffered extensive damage to infrastructure continue to have challenges restoring electricity and clean water which is further complicated by logistical challenges.

  • As some people continue to be in shelters more than a week after the passage of Hurricane Irma, there is need to continue access to clean water and improve sanitary conditions at the shelters.

  • In Cuba, two hospitals in Havana were evacuated and latest reports indicate that 516 hospitals and policlinics have been damaged.

12 Sep 2017 description


  • After making landfall in the United States bringing heavy rains and high winds to the coast of Florida, Irma downgraded to a tropical storm as it moves northward affecting Georgia

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States reports 586 shelters housing 192,000 occupants in Florida and 92 shelters housing 7,095 occupants in Georgia

  • Almost 6 million people in the United States are without power