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.
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.
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.