Preventing disease outbreaks after the tsunami in Solomon Islands

May 2013

Residents of Santa Cruz after tsunami in 2013, Solomon Islands.
WHO

On 6 February 2013 an 8.0 magnitude earthquake set off a tsunami off the coast of Solomon Islands leaving thousands of people in this Pacific Island nation homeless and interrupting regular services including routine health care.

WHO worked with the Ministry of Health to develop an early-warning disease surveillance system to identify any post-disaster disease outbreaks. The surveillance system was specifically adapted to this remote and challenging context.

This photo essay tells the story of how the system was implemented and shows some of the logistical challenges of deploying a new system in this remote island context.

Read the photo story

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