Read more about our recent response to Typhoon Hagupit
The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the western Pacific Ocean. Its location along the typhoon belt and Pacific “Ring of Fire” (home to 90% of the world’s earthquakes) put the Philippines at high risk for natural disasters and climate-sensitive diseases such as dengue, malaria, diarrhea, and cholera.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November of 2013, International Medical Corps was on the ground within 24 hours. The Super Typhoon left widespread devastation which affected an estimated 16 million people. Our teams provided a comprehensive emergency response, delivering 14,625 health consultations in the first 6 weeks alone. Our First Responders were able to reach remote communities cut off from health care and basic services by rapidly implementing 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 and helping them become their own best First Responders. We have established programs in the areas of: nutrition, health, mental health and water, sanitation, and hygiene throughout Leyte Province, covering underserved communities.
Click here to read about Typhoon Haiyan: One Year Later >
Most recently, International Medical Corps responded to Typhoon Hagupit in December of 2014. The Typhoon hit many of the same areas that were devastated by Typhoon Haiayan only 13 months previously. The significant number of pre-emptive evacuations is seen as a main reason why there were minimal casualties. The people of the Philippines were well prepared for the storm after they experienced the devastating Typhoon Haiayan and successfully heeded the warnings.
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Previously, International Medical Corps worked in the Philippines to support the country’s emergency preparedness and response programs through the PREPARE project. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), PREPARE works to strengthen the capacity of the least resourced countries in Africa and Asia for multi-sector disaster management and pandemic preparedness planning. Through PREPARE, International Medical Corps’ workshops gathered government officials and community leaders from multiple civic sectors with the goal of developing a strategy for a national pandemic plan.