Natural disasters are unpredictable, and the human cost is undeniable. Now more than ever, there are increasing numbers of natural disasters due to climate change, and with a growing global population, more people are at risk. Mortality rates due to natural disasters are disproportionately higher in developing regions and in low-income countries where there are fewer measures taken to mitigate the risks and consequences on human life.
Floods, avalanches, droughts, earthquakes, and famines have devastating impacts on local populations. Death tolls and the number of persons injured can be difficult to count because consequences of natural disasters quickly expand beyond the immediate emergency phase. Following natural disasters, populations are fraught with disease, malnutrition, and displacement leading to a lack of shelter and security.
WAHA provides support to local populations following natural disasters such as floods, droughts, and earthquakes by responding to acute medical needs.
Often collaborating with local and international actors, WAHA coordinates response efforts prioritizing medical needs but also delivering comprehensive care to ensure that all of the population’s needs are met. WAHA plays a critical role in responding to disasters and building more resilient communities for the future. Since 2011, WAHA International has been intervening in Niger. Communities and populations were devastated by flooding that left nearly half million people without homes and forced to displace to neighboring regions. WAHA provided emergency humanitarian response including the distribution and installation of tents and the construction of latrines to ensure proper sanitation and avoid the spread of diseases. The 2011-2012 drought in the Horn of Africa, led to severe food, water and survival crises across 3 countries. In response, WAHA refurbished, equipped the Dadaab Hospital in Kenya in partnership with Médecins du Monde and reinforced health care in 9 primary health centers to ensure quality reproductive, maternal and child health services. WAHA continues to create strong links with local civil society organizations to connect the community to the available health services in response to natural disasters.