With damage assessments from Hurricane Matthew still underway in the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) deployed field teams even before the storm affected areas in Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba, and Jamaica, and is preparing for a possible cholera upsurge in Haiti, where more than 28,500 cases have already been reported so far in 2016.
Migration has been and always will be a fact of life; we have to ensure that it is also a safe process that does not negatively impact the health of migrants and host communities. Population mobility influences, guides and supports economic and social development, social stability, and the greater integration of global processes in countries of origin, transit, destination and return. The healthier migrants are, the more efficient and balanced the future of our integrated and globalized world will be.
Despite a four-day truce which was supposed to come into effect on Friday 26 October, fighting has continued to escalate in Damascus province, Aleppo, Idlib, Daara and Deir Ezzor in Syria manifested by a new wave of airstrikes by the Syrian forces and attacks by the rebels on strategic army checkpoints and air bases.