Cyclone Pam: Storm Echoes

A month after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu, its shattered health system is struggling to cope with a lack of food and safe water and growing disease outbreaks in affected communities.

Reports of acute diarrhea in children and respiratory illnesses are on the rise, and health workers are also concerned about the risk of waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases, such as typhoid and dengue fever. About 110,000 people urgently need clean drinking water, and about 12,500 children need nutritional support.

The cyclone damaged at least 51 health facilities, while drug and medical supply shortages, unreliable communication systems, and poor access to remote areas has also hampered the relief effort.
WHO

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