WHO responding to health needs caused by typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) 2013
6 December 2013 -- The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines reported 5 786 deaths, 26 233 injured, and 1 786 missing after the Typhoon Haiyan (local name Yolanda) hit the Philippines 8 November 2013. A total of 11 241 237 people have been affected, 4 006 747 are displaced. Vaccination efforts have moved to Region VI, from which immunization operations in Palo, Tanauan, Dulag and other highly affected coastal areas will be supported. In Tacloban the Australian Field Hospital will discontinue operations at the airport, with MSF-France’s field hospital absorbing their patient load.
Polio in the Syrian Arab Republic
December 2013 - The push to immunize all children against polio has been hampered by the ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. WHO and UNICEF have appealed to all parties to cooperate, including through temporary pauses in hostilities where needed, to allow vaccination campaigns to take place and for all children to be protected.
Scaling up WHO response to the crisis in the Central African Republic
11 December 2013 -- The deterioration of the conflict has displaced 127 000 persons into Bangui, and there are a total of 533 000 internally displaced persons in the whole country, over 10% of the total population. Hospitals have been looted and health personnel have fled their posts. The country already has a very low immunization coverage exposing children to diseases such as measles and yellow fever; malnutrition is severe in areas such as Marathe and Boda where global acute malnutrition ranges between 10.9% and at 13%. Malaria is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age.
Disability and emergency risk management for health
10 October 2013 -- WHO and partners launces a guidance note on Disability and Emergency Risk Management. People with disabilities are disproportionately affected in emergencies and experience particularly high rates of mortality. To mark International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013 World Health Organization, CBM and partners are publishing a guidance note to highlight the needs of people with disabilities before, during and after emergencies. The Guidance note points out the health-related actions to ensure that both mainstream and specific supports are available and accessible to people with disabilities.
Emergency Response Framework (ERF)
ERF is to clarify WHO’s roles and responsibilities and to provide a common approach for its work in emergencies.