The exceptionally powerful tropical cyclone called Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda that shook Philippines ravaged the medical facilities across the region along with the countless lives that it claimed. The cyclone that took over 6,000 lives also injured 26,000 people and left 4 million others homeless.
The Philippine Department of Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinated with Philippines health workers helped with medical teams from around the country and even the world came to the help of tens of thousands of survivors in a health response. WHO has brought in the emergency health response into focus and also looked at the immense challenges that lay ahead in order to sustain and expand the critical health services and prevent the spread of diseases. The aim is to restore the country’s health system that has been shattered by the cyclone.
Also, psychological first aid in emergencies which is an approach by the WHO is helping children suffering from the crisis of cyclone. The result is showing as in many places children affected by the cyclone are returning to school and into their normal lives. The psychological first aid given by trained volunteers and professionals are focusing on practical care and support to those who are affected by the disaster.
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