Washed Away: Three Months Since Typhoon Haiyan (Philippines)

Typhoon Haiyan emergency response

(Updated 28th February 2014)

In the three months since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, emergency teams from Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have provided medical care, mental health support and delivered thousands of kits containing essential humanitarian relief.

Reaching out by boat, helicopter, plane and road, MSF emergency teams have provided much-needed aid to some of the hardest hit areas of the Philippines.

Alongside tents, cooking materials, food and reconstruction aid, MSF has provided tens of thousands of people with clean drinking water around Guiuan in the east of Samar Island, around Tacloban, Ormoc, Santa Fe and Burauen on Leyte Island, and around Estancia and the northeastern archipelago of Panay Island.

In the past three months, MSF’s emergency teams have completed 81,261 outpatient consultations, admitted 1,639 people into hospital, performed 516 surgeries, delivered 589 babies and distributed 94,033 items of humanitarian relief including shelter kits, tents, mosquito nets, hygiene kits and cooking kits. 

Emergency teams in Guiuan are busy running dengue prevention and water and sanitation activities, so far they have cleaned 85 wells and distributed 372,800 aqua tabs, which give people clean water. 

MSF also distributed food for 11,000 families in the archipelago northeast of Panay Island. In the same area, 14,999 children were vaccinated against measles, and 4,654 against polio.

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Background: 2012

This is an extract from our latest Activity Report, looking back on our work in the previous year.

Typhoons wreaked havoc in different parts of the Philippines on three occasions in 2012.

Typhoon Washi hit the northeast coast of the island of Mindanao in December 2011, killing nearly 1,400 people and injuring thousands more.

Around 10,000 homes were destroyed.

Between 9th January and 24th February, MSF mobile teams carried out 5,400 medical consultations in the Mindanao cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro and treated some 240 children for severe malnutrition.

In August, typhoons Kai Tak and Saola caused severe flooding. Between 13th August and 18th September, MSF carried out 1,900 consultations and distributed 2,600 hygiene kits to families in the municipalities of Hagonoy and Calumpit in Bulacan province, north of the capital Manila.

In collaboration with local authorities, MSF also distributed water purification tablets and water containers, and assisted in the removal of 6,400 tons of debris.

Typhoon Bopha, which hit the southern Philippines on 4th December, was by far the most powerful of the year. In some areas, all the health posts were destroyed and regional hospitals badly damaged. 

At the end of 2012, MSF had one member of staff in the Philippines. MSF has been working in the country since 1987.

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