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.

Click here for more on our response to Typhoon Hagupit >

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.


  • Population

    107.8 Million

  • age

    Median Age
    23.5 Years

  • life

    Life Expectancy
    72.48 Years

  • life

    Internally Displaced Persons

  • life

    Fertility Rate
    3.06children per mother

  • Infant Mortality Rate

    Infant Mortality Rate
    17.64 deaths/1000 live births

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One-year after Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, International Medical Corps‘ teams are still on the ground delivering critical health care and training services to help communities return to self-reliance.


Philippines Capabilities Statement

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For 30 years, International Medical Corps has worked to relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster and disease by delivering vital health care services that focus on training, helping devastated populations return to self-reliance.