South Sudan humanitarian medical assistance
7 March 2014 -- There are 705 800 internally displace people in South Sudan and 226 500 refugees in the neighbouring countries of Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia since the 15 December 2013, according to OCHA (6 March 2014). The health cluster partners has carried out more than 300 medical evacuations, 5986 surgical interventions, vaccinated 139 294 children against measles, 117 203 children against polio and 66 510 peoplle against cholera.
Syria polio outbreak adds burden to an already damaged health system
5 March 2014, Damascus – In an isolated room on the fifth floor of the children’s hospital in Damascus lay 5-year old Islam Hameed. She was one of the first confirmed polio cases identified in Syria last October. As of 5 March 2014, 25 polio cases have been confirmed in Syria, of which 17 were reported in Deir ez-Zor governorate. All children were very young and many aged 2 years or under, and were found to be un- or under-immunized.
Philippines Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013
28 February 2014 -- The Department of Health (DOH) with the support of World Health Organization (WHO) developed a photobook cataloguing 31 out of 96 damaged Community Health Centers in Eastern Samar and providing detailed information on the damages and the estimated costs for repairs to support the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the health facilities.
11 February 2014 -- The insecurity in the country has limited and delayed delivery of health services. There has been disruptions of services provided by the mobile clinics, vaccination of children and services provided by hospitals on the axel Ouandago - Banforo - Bangui and Bandoro - Mbrès. A measles outbreak has been reported in Bria.
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
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