Enhancing healthcare sector coordination through infrastructure and logistics support


  • Richard M. Zoraster, MD, MPH




disaster, World Health Organization, cluster, response, coordination


The International Response to the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami was noted to have multiple areas of poor coordination, and in 2005, the “Health Cluster” approach to coordination was formulated. However, the 2010 Haiti response suggests that many of the same problems continue and that there are significant limitations to the cluster meetings.These limitations include the inconsistent attendance, poor dissemination of information, and perceived lack of benefit to providers. This article proposes that healthcare coordination would be greatly improved with logistical support, leading to improved efficiency and outcomes for those affected by disasters.

Author Biography

Richard M. Zoraster, MD, MPH

Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Tripler AMC, Hawaii; John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii.


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How to Cite

Zoraster, MD, MPH, R. M. “Enhancing Healthcare Sector Coordination through Infrastructure and Logistics Support”. American Journal of Disaster Medicine, vol. 5, no. 4, July 2010, pp. 215-9, doi:10.5055/ajdm.2010.0026.