We are continuing our work in Typhoon Hagupit, as well as our recovery work in Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst storms ever to strike the country.
AmeriCares works with Sovereign Order of Malta in the Philippines to provide disaster and humanitarian relief. The country is also part of Disaster Preparedness Project helping to reduce risks for the vulnerable living in hazard-prone areas. This partnership supports health care to people in need by providing medicine and medical supplies for over 150 institutions throughout the Philippines. Our donations reach hospitals, clinics, orphanages and homes for the elderly. Donated medical aid also supports remote medical and disaster relief teams.
Snapshot of Philippines:
The Philippines are a diverse group of islands united by a growing population, frequent natural disasters - such as typhoons and earthquakes - and rampant poverty. In spite of its success as a democracy with an emerging market, the country experiences serious poverty and “brain drain” leading to emigration to other countries due to lack of opportunity and health risks. Critical health issues:
- Communicable Disease; including malaria, dengue fever, tuberculosis, typhoid, Hepatitis A, diarrheal disease and a rising number of HIV infections
- Cardiovascular disease
- Health care access is severely limited on many islands.
Since 1985, AmeriCares has delivered more than $213 million worth of medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to the Philippines. During that time, AmeriCares has partnered with the Sovereign Order of Malta- Philippines to provide humanitarian relief. The Sovereign Order of Malta- Philippines is a relief corps charged with coordinating all national aid for victims of epidemics, natural disasters and armed conflicts.
The Philippines ranks among the world’s most disaster-prone countries due to its location on the typhoon belt and the Pacific earthquake rim – known as the “Ring of Fire”. An average of 20 Typhoons per year and 21 active volcanoes, along with mudslides, flooding and earthquakes cause especially heavy damage and high rates of fatalities due to the inaccessibility of vulnerable communities on many of the islands.
The Philippines is one of the pilot countries for our Disaster Preparedness Project leveraging local and international partnerships to develop and implement community-based disaster preparedness, integrating best practices in public health and disaster risk reduction.
We continue our recovery efforts after Typhoon Haiyan (2013), one of the worst storms ever to strike the country. Our work focuses on the repair and rebuilding of damaged health facilities and strengthening preparedness for future disasters.
To help survivors of Typhoon Bopha, which struck in December, 2012, AmeriCares sent emergency medical aid, deployed relief staff, and awarded a grant to help families in need. Earlier in the year, we responded as Tropical Storm Saola inundated the small island nation.
In December 2011, severe flooding from Tropical Storm Washi affected more than 150,000 people and left more than 50,000 displaced. Within 24 hours, AmeriCares responded with airlifts of emergency aid, and more shipments followed to support the efforts of our local partner.
In the fall of 2009, AmeriCares mounted massive relief efforts to help survivors of back-to-back typhoons. Read about AmeriCares relief efforts to help survivors of Typhoon Ketsana, Parma and Lupit.
In 2008, Typhoon Frank killed hundreds and left thousands homeless. In response to this overwhelming disaster, AmeriCares supplied financial support for the rebuilding of homes washed away by the cyclone. Read more »
In February 2006 the village of Guinsaugon, located in a vital economic province, experienced a massive mudslide. Nearly 1,000 people were buried in mud reaching depths of 100 feet. AmeriCares helped to supply medicine, blankets, mats, milk powder, and food.
We support programs for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS. In 2007, AmeriCares delivered six shipments of medicine and medical supplies worth $6.5 million to help medical practitioners provide treatment and care for disadvantaged patients. Read More »
Supporting the Philippine General Hospital Breast Cancer Treatment project to treat early stage breast cancer patients through donations provided by AstraZeneca. Read More »
Providing supplemental nutrition for mothers and children with shipments of XANGO meal packs. Read More »
A special grant is helping partners purchase and pre-position critical emergency supplies to help displaced families within 72 hours of a disaster. Read More »
AmeriCares also donates medical products to qualified U.S. health care professionals who are traveling to the Philippines to provide charitable medical care. Through this program, donated medicines and medical supplies reach impoverished and isolated communities where even basic medical care is inaccessible to the poor or often non-existent. AmeriCares donations cure infections, relieve pain, help patients manage chronic diseases and make life-changing surgeries possible.
Recent News from Philippines
Responding to a request from local authorities, AmeriCares Philippines team has distributed family emergency kits and conducted an immediate needs assessment in communities in the northern region of the country affected by Typhoon Koppu.
Stamford, Conn. – Oct. 19, 2015 – AmeriCares is preparing to deliver emergency medicines and relief supplies for families in the northern Philippines affected by this weekend’s typhoon.
One of the generators donated by the GE Foundation and installed by AmeriCares at health clinics affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines meant that during the recent Typhoon Hagupit, 16 women could give birth safely at a clinic that lost power - demonstrating the critical impact of our disaster preparedness program.
AmeriCares Emergency Team on the ground mobilizes a response as Typhoon Hagupit, the strongest storm of 2014, slams the Philippines with cyclone-force winds, storm surges and drenching rain. Immediate aid efforts and relief shipments are underway.
Stamford, Conn. – Dec. 8, 2014 – An AmeriCares emergency response team has arrived in the Philippines to assist families displaced by Typhoon Hagupit.
Stamford, Conn. – Dec. 5, 2014 – AmeriCares is preparing to deliver emergency medical aid and relief supplies for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to be the worst storm of the year in the Philippines.
Stamford, Conn. – Dec. 4, 2014 – AmeriCares emergency response experts in the Philippines and the U.S. are preparing to respond to Super Typhoon Hagupit as it barrels toward the disaster-prone nation.
AmeriCares emergency medical aid, generators and other humanitarian support are reaching health facilities in the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Rammasun, a Category 3 storm that displaced hundreds of thousands of families.
In collaboration with the Philippines Department of Health and local partners, AmeriCares is repairing 67 community health centers damaged by Typhoon Haiyan. This work will restore health services for an estimated 1.3 million people.
Stamford, Conn. – May 20, 2014 – Paul Gwyn Pagaran has joined AmeriCares as response and recovery coordinator, based in Manila, the Philippines.
Working with partners in the Philippines AmeriCares has introduced training to expand health workers’ skills in the areas of mental health and psychosocial support, malnutrition surveillance and disaster preparedness skills, to help create a foundation for a healthy future.
Stamford, Conn. – May 7, 2014 – AmeriCares will continue its Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines for at least another 12 months, working to restore health services for survivors and build a stronger, more resilient health system.
AmeriCares large-scale Typhoon Haiyan response has helped save lives, reduce suffering and restore health care services for millions of survivors in the Philippines. In the first 6 months, AmeriCares provided $19.7 million in medicines, supplies, and health services to protect the health of 1.3 million people.
In the months since Typhoon Haiyan struck, AmeriCares has provided more than $19.7 million in aid to help meet the needs of survivors and restore primary health care in the hardest hit areas of the Philippines.
To help meet crucial needs gaps in health care access and mental health in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, AmeriCares has invested more than $700,000 in new programs for survivors in hard-hit areas.