Humanitarian Health Action

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013

16 May 2014 -- 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.

Six months after the typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) was the largest typhoon ever to hit the Philippines on the 8 November 2013 and affected estimated 16 million people. WHO and the Philippines Department of Health has co-lead the Health Cluster, working together with the other national and international health partners. The main objective has been to respond quickly and effectively, to restore health services for those in need. The health response has focused on obstetric and neo-natal care, trauma care, mental health and psychosocial support, chronic conditions and infectious diseases. Work has been done to strengthen the alert and surveillance capacity to avoid disease outbreaks.

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