The World Health Organisation (WHO) has announced that an emergency medical team from the Polish Centre for International Aid has been deployed to provide essential health services to vulnerable communities in Madagascar. This follows as Madagascar has experienced a series of adverse weather conditions during the preceding months, with an estimated 204 deaths recorded and more than 650,000 people with no access to essential health services. The WHO has stated that humanitarian teams have provided assistance to more than 1,000 people in Manakara and Vohipeno. Cyclone Batsirai caused an estimated 121 deaths and affected more than 147,000 people. The WHO has dispatched 5,7 metric tons of medical supplies and emergency equipment from its logistic hub in Ghana. The supplies have been deployed to the most affected regions on the country’s eastern coast. In addition, national health authorities have also deployed humanitarian workers and medical supplies to prevent cholera and malaria outbreaks and restore health services in affected communities.
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