How one survivor is helping to rebuild Tacloban
Devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan
Malnutrition|prone to Typhoons|Threat of disease
The Philippines is located on the typhoon belt and Pacific “Ring of Fire”, home to 90 per cent of the world’s earthquakes. This puts the Philippines at high risk for natural disasters, whilst its tropical climate means diseases such as dengue, malaria, diarrhoea and cholera are a constant threat.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November 2013, International Medical Corps was on the ground within 24 hours. The typhoon left widespread devastation which affected an estimated 16 million people. Our teams provided a major emergency response and we reached thousands of people in remote communities cut off from health care and basic services by rapidly mobilising a network of mobile medical units.
Today, International Medical Corps is still addressing critical needs in the Philippines with a long-term approach to rebuilding affected communities. Our support includes food, health, mental health and clean water and sanitation projects.
Food: Our teams screen children for acute malnutrition, providing life-saving support as needed. They also work with families to help them provide nutritious diets for children under 5 and encourage new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for the first six months of life.
Training: By training local health staff, we support health facilities to be able to meet the medical needs of their own communities. Our trainings include prevention of disease outbreaks and promotion of reproductive and maternal health and best practice after an emergency.
Primary health care: International Medical Corps have rehabilitated 21 health facilities across the region hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan and provided medicines and equipment lost in the typhoon.
Clean water & sanitation: We are repairing the damage to local water and sanitation infrastructure by repairing damaged toilets and hand washing systems in schools and training hygiene promoters who take hygiene education to schools and teachers.