Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing more than 5,000 people and displacing more than four million, wiping out homes, hospitals, and infrastructure. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been providing medical and mental health care, focusing on the most remote parts of the country, for the last three months in inflatable and tented hospitals and through mobile clinics, reaching isolated communities by air, land, and sea.
A month after Typhoon Haiyan, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continues its work in the Philippines, including the remote area of Guiuan. The goal for MSF teams there is to fill in the gaps of medical care, including obstetric care, until the local health authorities can resume all normal activities.
Three weeks after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, more than 200 Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) staff were working on the ground alongside several hundred Filipino colleagues. They have set up projects on the islands of Leyte, Panay and Samar, some of the worst affected areas, and continue to work in Tacloban.
Tanauan, a small town of 50,000 inhabitants located 12 miles south of Tacloban, is one of the worst-affected areas in the Philippines. Some 95 percent of the houses were destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan and the population has only received minimal aid since. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Tanauan Tuesday and is running a medical clinic.
This month, we focus on Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)'s efforts to improve the situation in South Sudan's Yida refugee camp, a makeshift hospital in Syria, aid to victims of flooding in the Philippines, displaced Sudanese refugees in Ethiopia, fighting cholera in Guinea and Sierra Leone, and the successful containment of an Ebola outbreak in Uganda.
In response to torrential rains in the Philippines, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has distributed 2,600 hygiene kits in the province of Bucalan and are assisting with outreach and clean-up.