The emergency caused by Hurricane Dorian is now in its early recovery phase. Various UN agencies, international organizations, and NGOs are in partnership with local authorities and are coordinating long term solutions for health care delivery, shelters and mental health support.
The number of missing persons has reduced to 424 as NEMA reports 876 people have been found. There have been 60 deaths recorded; 51 on Abaco and 9 in Grand Bahama. More deaths are anticipated as search and rescue efforts continue, and debris removal continue.
As individuals begin to return to the affected islands, it is essential that vector control measures continue to be implemented to prevent disease and respond to outbreaks. Mold removal in hospitals (notably Coopers Town Clinic and Rand Memorial Hospital), schools and in communities affected by the flooding also needs to be addressed.
Throughout the course of the hurricane response and pre-deployments, PAHO has mobilized 20 surge staff to support the PAHO Bahamas country office in the areas of water quality, enviromental health, surveillance, among others.
PAHO/WHO's Heath Emergencies Department (PHE) is currently looking for candidates for a consultancy on Health Emergencies, based in the PAHO office in Costa Rica. The consultant will support the work of PHE’s Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR (CPI) Unit whose work is to ensure that each Member State builds its own standing capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian emergencies and large outbreaks.
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Washington, D.C., 12 July 2019 (PAHO) - In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.
During the southern hemisphere’s summer of 2018-2019, seven countries in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) were affected by heatwaves, a phenomenon never seen before in the Region. The heatwaves that have had the greatest impact since 2000 were the one in Brazil in 2010 that caused the death of 737 people, and the one in Argentina in the summer of 2013-2014 that caused 1,877 deaths and left 800,000 people with no power, which increased heat stress in that population. According to health authorities in the United States, heatwaves are the natural phenomenon that cause the highest number of deaths in that country.