Update on PAHO Operations
The management of logistics and the transport of goods to the interior of Suriname is difficult, but the Suriname military has taken over much of the logistics and distribution, aided by Brazilian and Dutch helicopters. Food parcels are being distributed by the IFRC/Netherlands Red Cross.
Epidemiological surveillance reports are being received by radio from a few sites and they are reporting primarily cases of diarrhea and upper respiratory infections in children under five years of age. The numbers are not different from last year’s figures.
Suriname’s National Coordination Centre for Disasters (NCCR) is carrying out its responsibilities in a very transparent and beneficial manner. Evening coordination meetings are attended by approximately 70 people, but attendance is decreasing.
PAHO plans and activities
1. Disease control and malaria
The Ministry of Health and the Medical Mission are working to reach a consensus on health needs. In the meantime:
2. Water and sanitation
3. Coordination and logistics
PAHO/WHO continues to support Suriname’s NCCR and its Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Access to high-speed Internet and other information and communications technology continues to pose a problem and delay some processes.
Regional Office of the World Health Organization