Emergencies and Environmental Health in Mekong Countries

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Many countries of the Asia Pacific region are highly vulnerable to natural as well as man-made disasters.

In post-disaster emergencies, affected countries look to the international community not only for material support but also for sound technical guidance and advice on the management of risks to public health arising from the disruption of infrastructure and services in sectors such as drinking-water supply, sanitation, shelter, vector control, food safety, communicable diseases, and mortuary services.

The World Health Organization (WHO) called upon WE International to support its country offices in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam in strengthening their capacity to prepare for and respond to environmental health emergencies.

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WE International conducted an analysis of Mekong countries’ vulnerabilities to natural and man-made disasters and identified relevant sources of technical guidance as well as gaps in the literature.

WE International assembled an electronic library of “go to” guidance documents for easy access by WHO country offices and developed new guidance material to complement existing guidance where gaps had been identified. WE International’s resulting manual is now being prepared for publication by the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office.

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