WHO requests health aid for Myanmar

The World Health Organization needs USD28 million to implement its action plan to rehabilitate the healthcare system in cyclone-struck Myanmar. “We must help repair and revitalize Myanmar’s health services and replace the damaged medical equipment in affected facilities,” WHO Assistant Director-General Eric Laroche said. “Our goal is to treat survivors and provide them with care and support by building a health system that can withstand future natural disasters.” The proposed activities include improving surveillance of potential epidemics, vaccinating people against measles and polio, and distributing emergency drugs and equipment as well as insecticide-treated bed nets. (Press release: UN agency seeks USD28 million to fund health plan after Myanmar cyclone/United Nations News Service)

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