estimates are slowly decreasing as people return home
Access and logistics has continued to improve, allowing response teams, crucial services and goods to be distributed to many affected locations. There are still gaps in the health sector. Many primary care facilities in affected areas are still very difficult to reach and assessments of those regions are still ongoing. Ongoing Challenges Power is still an ongoing challenge, limiting communities’ abilities to use their cell phones, governments and this continues to some degree in Tacloban.
Water/Sanitation/Facilities; Some of the greatest needs in health is support in rebuilding health structures, and access to basic needs; food an water for health services and affected patients and their families. . This was a similar need post Haiti Earthquake despite the overwhelming presence of international medical teams.
Medical Care/Teams- As of Nov 19th, there were 72 Philippine medical teams of over 100+ health staff deployed and 59 international teams. International teams are supporting existing tertiary care health centers.
Vaccinations- Mass vaccinations will begin soon. On of the Top 10. ” A mass vaccination campaign (measles, polio and Vitamin A) will start in Tacloban next week. In Tacloban, measles vaccination and vitamin A distribution has already begun in som e of the evacuation centres.”