Typhoons 2006 Disaster - Bicol
Health Cluster Bulletin # 11
Friday 30 March 2007
The Typhoons 2006 Health Cluster Bulletin aims to give an overview of the health activities conducted
by the health cluster partners in the areas affected by the typhoons that hit the Bicol Region in the
Philippines from September to December 2006.
This man is attempting to pry the steel
reinforcing bars out of the remains of his
neighbor’s house in Tagas,Daraga, for selling.
Almost four months after Typhoon Reming
struck, displaced families are continuing to
return regularly to their devastated
communities to salvage whatever they can from
• Albay provincial health office records decrease in dengue cases
• Local health units of Legaspi, Daraga, Camalig and Guinobatan to present
plans for displaced families
• As of March 22, 2007, there are still 14,563 individuals (2,979 families) living in 13
evacuation centers and two transit centers in Albay, as reported by the Provincial Health
• No outbreaks of communicable diseases within the 13 evacuation centers and two transit
centers in Albay were reported by the Provincial Health Office. The top five causes of
consultations in evacuation centers in Albay from March 13 to March 22 were:
coughs/colds (204 cases), fever (87 cases), acute respiratory infection (83 cases), wounds
(37 cases) and asthma (27 cases). There were also 19 cases of pneumonia, and four cases
• The Albay PHO has noted a decrease in the number of dengue cases, from 36 cases in
February to 20 cases in March. The number of cases in Daraga, where majority of the
cases were found, has also decreased from 28 cases in February to 9 cases in March.
• No cases of dengue have been reported among displaced individuals staying in evacuation
Local and international Health Cluster partners are providing support in four core areas:
1. Assessment and monitoring
Disease surveillance. The Albay Provincial Health Office together with the Department of
Health – Center for Health Development in Bicol will continue to conduct regular health
assessments in the evacuation centers twice a week until the evacuation centers are decamped
or when the displaced families are able to move to relocation sites.
Plans of local government units. The Camp Management Cluster has invited the local
government units of Legaspi, Daraga, Camalig and Guinobatan to present their plans for the
displaced families within their jurisdiction in a whole-day forum on Friday, March 30 at the
Regional Office of Civil Defense conference room. The forum will involve representatives
from local health, planning, and social welfare and development offices.
2. Health coordination
Psychosocial intervention. The Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan of Ateneo de Manila
University is holding an informal discussion about psychosocial services and the IASC
guidelines on Saturday, March 31, at the Pedro Calungsod Hall, Loyola Schools of Theology,
Ateneo de Manila University from 2:30 to 5:00pm.
The Psychosocial Cluster is meeting on Friday, March 30, to discuss the following action
points from its previous meeting: training of trainers and service providers on basic
psychosocial support; summer healing art camp with training on how to develop appropriate
messages for advocacy of psychosocial education at community level; training on how to
assess critical emergency psychosocial service in areas of responsibility; staff coordination to
do clearinghouse functions for the psychosocial cluster; and drafting of a proposal for film
showing for children.
WHO Field Team. The WHO Field Team will be wrapping up operations in the field on
3 April 2007. Health cluster members in the field may coordinate directly with WHO
Emergency and Humanitarian Action Programme Officer Dr Malou Barrameda.
Next Health Cluster Meeting. The next health cluster meeting will be on 11 April 2007 in
Rm 210 A of the WHO/WPRO at the UN Avenue in Manila.
3. Filling health gaps
Dengue prevention. The Albay PHO has started fumigation in evacuation centers and other
selected sites. Oxfam is organizing clean up drives in evacuation centers.
Health services. Local health units continue to send midwives, nurses and doctors to the
evacuation camps regularly to provide services. Each evacuation camp has at least one
midwife and a number of barangay health workers (BHWs) present everyday.
Health promotion. The Albay PHO together with WHO and Oxfam held a workshop for
health promotion officer designates of the city and municipal health offices of Albay on
March 26. As a result of the workshop, Oxfam together with the Health Promotions Unit of
the DOH – Center for Health Development in Bicol and the Albay PHO will be conducting a
3-day training on health promotion for the health promotion designates, as well as selected
sanitary inspectors, midwives and BHWs working in evacuation centers. Oxfam will also be
producing IEC materials appropriate for Albay together with the DOH-CHD, PHO and health
The group is also awaiting the dissemination of the health promotions toolkit developed by
the health cluster. It is undergoing final clearance by the Department of Health.
Psychosocial support. Groups who are continuing direct psychosocial intervention in the
field are: Handicap International, Aquinas University, Operation Compassion, HOPE, COPE,
and Bicol University.
4. Preserving and supporting local health systems
Information Management. The GIS Mapping of Health Facilities in Albay funded by WHO
was presented to DOH – HEMS and CHD V Regional Director Dr Nestor Santiago on
Wednesday, March 28. A presentation in Albay will be organized by DOH-HEMS soon.
With reports from:
Prepared by: Albay Provincial Health Office
Amillah S. Rodil Dr. Carlos Primero D. Gundran
Public Information Officer Dr. Gerardo Medina
WHO – Philippines Dr. Roderic Alas