Emergency Relief for the Philippines

15 November 2013

Emergency Relief for the Philippines

Medair’s emergency teams are bringing urgent aid to the most devastated communities south of Tacloban City.

On 8 November 2013, Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in Leyte province, causing massive storm surges and widespread devastation. Tacloban City, home to 200,000, was effectively destroyed in a matter of minutes.

While early media attention and relief efforts have justifiably focused on Tacloban City, many of the smaller and more remote communities to the south and west of the city were also decimated by Haiyan. An aerial survey has revealed almost total destruction in the coastal areas of Leyte province. More than 1.75 million people in Leyte are believed to have been affected. Shell-shocked families need immediate help to survive the aftermath of this disaster and begin the long road back to recovery.

No One Left Behind
Medair’s Emergency Response Team is on the ground in Leyte province. We are identifying the most severely impacted communities and learning where the needs are greatest.  Based on  this assessment, Medair will focus its relief efforts on communities to the south and southwest of Tacloban city.
“Medair is working closely with local government, relief agencies, and the UN to determine where there are unmet needs and to ensure that no one is left behind in the relief efforts, no matter where they live or how hard they are to reach,” said Mark Screeton, International Director.

Three Levels of Life-Saving Relief
Medair’s expertise in multiple sectors of humanitarian aid is exactly what devastated families need after suffering a disaster like this. We are planning to deliver immediate relief for up to 120,000 people in three crucial areas of humanitarian aid:

1. Health Care
The typhoon destroyed clinics, as well as medical supplies and equipment, leaving the injured and the sick without access to life-saving treatment. We will provide supplies and equipment, including medicine for children and adults, to meet most urgent medical needs of up to 120,000 people.

2. Shelter
Haiyan destroyed homes and left families exposed to the elements during the rainy typhoon season.

We will provide shelter materials, expertise, and construction support to 4,800 of the most vulnerable families. Using salvaged materials where possible, families will build and live in transitional shelters that will become the core of more typhoon-resistant homes in the future.

3. Safe Water and Hygiene
The typhoon destroyed  vital infrastructure and left communities without access to safe drinking water or sanitation facilities. This leaves families at risk of contracting deadly waterborne diseases.

We are distributing safe water and hygiene kits to 4,800 families to protect their health and limit their exposure to disease.

“While this relief work is carried out, Medair will continue to actively assess affected communities to identify other vital unmet needs and respond accordingly,” said Mark.

Thank You
Within 48 hours, Medair had a team on the ground in the Philippines. We were able to launch an urgent emergency response with funding from our own reserves, and this week our worldwide network of supporters have responded in kind with generous donations that have given us what we need to bring life-saving relief to families without delay.

Your support is crucial during the first few weeks and months after a disaster of this magnitude. Your gifts fuel our life-saving responses and also help us unlock access to  public funding so that we can expand our relief efforts to reach more devastated families. Please give a gift for the Philippines today.

Medair is a member of the global Integral Alliance, a network that is committed to
increasing the capacity and quality of a united disaster response among partnering humanitarian organisations.  

Medair helps people who are suffering in remote and devastated communities
around the world survive crises, recover with dignity, and develop skills to build a better future.

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