In the months since Typhoon Haiyan struck, AmeriCares has provided more than $17 million in aid to help meet the immediate needs of survivors and restore primary health care.
Our Haiyan response team is working with partners to distribute emergency aid, coordinate relief deliveries, and restore and expand health services.
A new air shipment totaling $3.65 million in medical aid was sent on March 20, containing antibiotics, antihistamines, pain relievers, and wound care supplies, as well as medications to treat diabetes and heart disease pressure. The deliveries will help restock hospitals and health clinics in areas where the health system has been disrupted.
In conjunction with medical aid shipments, we are funding the rehabilitation and expansion of more than 25 health facilities to re-establish primary care. “The medical supplies will help restock facilities that sustained damage as a result of the storm,” said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. Further, the supplies will help Filipino medical professionals address the urgent health needs of those facing elevated health risks due to loss of homes, loss of livelihoods, and lack of access to health care in the aftermath of the storm.”
Our teams have been active throughout 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. Our response to date includes:
- Air shipments of medicines and supplies from our U.S. warehouse include $3.65 million in aid sent on March 20, $5 million in February, $408,000 in aid in January, $2.2 million in December 10, and $2.6 million in aid in November.
- 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.
- 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: $807,800 in funding to restore and rehabilitate more than 25 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.
- $1.6 million in medical aid to volunteer health care teams providing lifesaving care to typhoon survivors.
The monstrous typhoon, known locally as Yolanda dealt a massive blow to the disaster-prone island nation on November 8, 2013 and is considered one of the strongest – if not the strongest – storm on record.
Since 1985, AmeriCares has delivered more than $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.