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Angel Corate gave birth to baby Janel on December 16 by Caesarean section. She underwent this lifesaving operation, and she and Janel received ongoing care, at the maternity ward and newborn unit in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) inflatable hospital in Tacloban. Nine days later, Angel and Janel were discharged on Christmas Day, just in time to celebrate with their family.

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Ten-year-old Ayron Sanchez was the first child to undergo surgery in the inflatable hospital MSF set up in Guiuan following Typhoon Haiyan.

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When the typhoon struck the Philippines, Norma and her family ran out of their house. That’s probably what saved their lives. While the typhoon’s winds were devastating, it was the wave that followed that caused the most havoc. “The water rose to the height of three men,” Norma says, stretching her arm to illustrate. “We remained clinging to a fallen coconut tree. Our house? Swept away by the waters.” Norma lost her youngest daughter to the typhoon. Despite the tragedy, she still manages a smile.

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One month after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, MSF is providing health care for people in remote areas and supporting the health system as it recovers.

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MSF teams are traveling by car and boat to reach isolated and rural areas of the Philippines damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

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Despite increasing humanitarian aid in typhoon-hit areas of the Philippines, MSF is still finding villages and towns that have not yet received any aid.

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MSF has opened an inflatable hospital in Tacloban, one of the cities hit hardest by Typhoon Haiyan.

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MSF has established a maternity and labor room to serve the population of Guiuan, a town on Samar Island that was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

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MSF teams are treating patients in the areas of the central Philippines that were battered by Typhoon Haiyan and are continuing to work elsewhere to overcome the huge logistical impediments that the disaster left in its wake.

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In the storm-ravaged central Philippines, MSF teams are traveling by car, boat, plane, and helicopter to assess the damage in the area and the medical needs of the populations.

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