In the months since Typhoon Haiyan struck, AmeriCares has committed nearly $14 million in aid to help meet the immediate needs of survivors and restore primary health care.
Our Haiyan response team is working nonstop with partners to distribute emergency aid to evacuees, coordinate relief deliveries, and restore and expand health services.
Two new air shipments totaling $5 million in medical aid were sent on February 12, containing pain relievers, wound care supplies and surgical supplies, as well as medications to treat diabetes and high blood pressure. The deliveries will help restock hospitals and health clinics treating survivors in the hardest hit areas and support a network of health care facilities throughout the country. Other recent aid includes supporting partner organizations repairing 22 damaged health clinics.
“With an estimated 2,500 health facilities damaged or destroyed the health centers that survived the storm need our help to meet the demand,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. “We anticipate a year-long response to help the health system recover. By funding the rehabilitation and expansion of health facilities, we are helping to re-establish primary care in the hardest-hit areas.”
Our relief teams have been active throughout the affected areas including the islands of Cebu, Samar, Leyte, and Panay, working with response partners to coordinate aid deliveries to communities where access to health care has been severely hampered by the storm. Our response to date includes:
- Air shipments of medicines and supplies from our U.S. warehouse include $5 million in aid sent on February 12, $408,000 in aid arriving on January 11, $2.2 million in aid arriving on December 10, $1.6 million in aid arriving on Thanksgiving Day, and $1 million in medical aid arriving on November 18. The aid, along with our previous aid shipments, will help address shortages of medicine and ensure medical professionals are equipped to treat survivors in the most devastated areas.
- Medical teams: supporting the NYC Medics and IMC teams with medicines and supplies. The teams have provided emergency medical care to survivors in Guiuan, Homonhon Island and San Antonio, Samar, treating 150-200 patients each day.
- Medicines and supplies for hospitals and clinics: Medicines and supplies were provided to the Biliran Provincial Hospital, Tacloban Department of Health, RTR Hospital in Tacloban, Kananga Hospital in Leyte, and Benito Ebuen Airbase Hospital in Cebu. In addition, aid has gone to the Region 7 Department of Health, Divine World Hospital and multiple rural health units in Panay.
- Three Emergency Medical Modules: shipped from our Amsterdam warehouse, containing enough medicines and supplies for 35,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers.
- Project Support: $682,000 in funding to restore and rehabilitate damaged health facilities in Leyte, Cebu and Capiz, expand health care services in Capiz, provide mental health training in Leyte and Capiz, and purchase and distribute food, water, and relief supplies to displaced families at evacuation centers in hard-hit Samar and Cebu.
- $1.3 million in medical aid to volunteer health care teams providing lifesaving care to typhoon survivors.
Meanwhile, the suffering continues for millions of survivors. By working with a strong local partner who supplies emergency aid to support 150 health care facilities in the Philippines, we are able to overcome logistical challenges and speed relief to survivors in dire need.
The monstrous typhoon, known locally as Yolanda dealt a massive blow to the disaster-prone island nation on November 8, and is considered one of the strongest – if not the strongest – storm on record.
Since 1985, AmeriCares has delivered nearly $240 million in humanitarian aid to the Philippines, including relief supplies for survivors of October’s Bohol earthquake. Other recent emergency responses include Typhoon Bopha in 2012, Typhoon Washi in 2011, back-to-back typhoons in 2009 and Typhoon Frank in 2008.