World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Health Aspect of Tsunami Focus of UN Conference

Health Aspect of Tsunami Disaster Focus of UN Conference

New York, May 3 2005 10:00AM
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) is convening a meeting of global policy makers this week in Thailand to identify key barriers and lessons learned in the first days of the emergency response and in the weeks of reconstruction following the devastating 26 December Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.

The three-day conference, which kicks off tomorrow in Phuket, one of the resort areas hit by the giant waves, will ask tough questions about the international community’s response to health and other aspects of the disaster, which left an arc of devastation from Thailand to the Horn of Africa, killing 270,000 people and injuring another 500,000.

Parents lost their children, children were left orphaned and whole communities were torn apart. Untold numbers were left homeless, often without access to safe water or to shelter. Today, many people still live with the mental and physical trauma caused by the disaster and its aftermath.

Although the international response to this disaster was unprecedented – billions of dollars were raised around the world and international agencies moved supplies and staff quickly to the region – the WHO-led conference will ask whether more could have been done, more effectively and efficiently.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news