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Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief


More than 600 people are dead in Guatemala and many more are missing. There are more than 50,00 affected and almost 90,000 have sought refuge in temporary shelters. The flooding and the blockage of roads by landslides are complicating the delivery of food, water and medicines to those in need. All the schools have been closed. The main health concern are related to the emergency rehabilitation of health centers, mobilization of health personnel and the lack of safe drinking water, food and adequate sanitation in the temporary shelters.

PAHO provided medical materials and funds for transportation to the Ministry of Public Health in order to mobilize medical brigades which are providing health care to the vulnerable population in the shelters.

The United Nations have issued a Flash Appeal to respond to the immediate needs in food, water, personal hygiene, temporary shelter, and health.The resources needed include US$1,5 million for health and US$4 million for water, sanitation and hygiene.

The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) has set up an account to help victims of the disaster in Guatemala.

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