Our large-scale Typhoon Haiyan response – an effort that is still underway – has helped save lives, reduce suffering and restore health care services for countless survivors. In the first 6 months, we have provided $19.7 million in medicines and supplies– enough to fill nearly 1 million prescriptions— and supported health services to protect the health of 1.3 million people.
“From the beginning of our response, we drew on our established network of strong local partners, collaborating with more than 100 organizations, including the Philippines Department of Health,” explained Garrett Ingoglia, our vice-president of emergency response.
Our response was immediate and strategic, with goals to create long-term, sustainable improvements in the health system and services:
Before the storm struck, Our Filipino partners could immediately supply an estimated 19,000 survivors with critical medicines and relief supplies because we had pre-positioned materials in the Philippines months before this typhoon season.
In the three weeks following the storm, AmeriCares had made 29 shipments to the disaster area, with enough medicine to fill 148,000 prescriptions and more than 250,000 units of medical supplies—total value more than $3 million.
In the first six months, we delivered crucial medicines to 44 health facilities in the Central Philippines, including enough medicine to fill 924,000 prescriptions.
The typhoon damaged or destroyed an estimated 2,000 health facilities. Because continuity of health care is crucial to save lives and prevent the spread of disease, our team coordinated with the government and health partners to restore health services. In addition to medicines, our field team delivered equipment so staff of damaged health centers could treat survivors, and supported transportation services for patients and clinic staff, and salaries for health workers.
In collaboration with the Philippines Department of Health and local partners, AmeriCares is repairing 67 community health centers, mostly in hard-hit rural areas. Half of these facilities had suffered extensive damage and were closed, while the others were partially operational. We are providing medical equipment, replacing roofs and windows, reconnecting water and power and, when possible, build in measures to mitigate damage in future disasters. This work will restore health services for an estimated 1.3 million people.
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“In just six months, we have made measureable progress towards restoring and enhancing health services,” said Ingoglia. “We are committed to working alongside our partners in the Philippines into 2015, and longer if need be.”