Responding to communicable diseases following the Tsunami in South-East Asia
AbstractThe Department of Communicable Diseases (CDS) in the Regional Office has played an instrumental role in responding to the tsunami crisis of 26 December 2004. Communicable diseases, especially those that are epidemic-prone, are the most significant health threat to the internally displaced population after a catastrophe of this nature. A document has been prepared by CDS which highlights the challenges faced and describes the key technical activities that were carried out by WHO and national counterparts in all the six tsunami-affected countries. The book documents all the work that was done and challenges that were faced, and acknowledges those who were involved in the response to prevent and control communicable diseases after the tsunami. This book would serve as a useful guide for others involved in responding to future disasters and emergencies in the area of communicable diseases.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2005). Responding to communicable diseases following the Tsunami in South-East Asia. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205866