Merlin USA

Merlin specializes in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping to rebuild shattered health systems worldwide. We do whatever it takes and we stay for as long as it takes. Merlin works within existing health systems to realize everyone's right to accessible, appropriate, affordable health care. We are specialists in rapid medical response and rebuilding health systems, effectively taking countries from emergency to recovery.
Dec 13, 2012

MERLIN'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND IN 2012

Emergencies come in many different guises whether a large-scale earthquake or a localized disease outbreak, each one is catastrophic to those involved. The quicker we can react to them, the more lives we can save and the less far-reaching the consequences. Merlin’s Emergency Response Fund means that we can respond as soon as the disaster happens or as soon as the crisis is detected, reaching those people most in need and often before the crisis peaks. In the meantime, we can develop strong proposals for institutional and private grants and launch public fundraising appeals. These subsequent funds can be used to deliver long-term emergency and recovery programs.

- On average, over 258 million people are affected by natural disasters worldwide every year.

- In the last decade, more than two million children have died, over six million have been seriously injured and more than one million children have been orphaned or separated from their families as a direct result of armed conflict.

- More than one third of child deaths worldwide are attributed to under-nutrition.

- 25,000 people die every day from hunger and related causes.

- In 2008, 354 natural disasters were recorded: as a result, more than 235,000 people were killed, 214 million people were affected and total economic costs were over $190 billion.

- Five million people have been affected by biological /disease outbreaks in the past ten years, and over 48,000 have been killed.

- In 2011, 24.7 million people were affected by drought, over 20 million of them in Africa.

Although huge natural disasters are normally thought of as large-scale events in terms of international media coverage and humanitarian response, it is in fact the smaller ‘everyday’ hazards, such as seasonal flooding or cyclical outbreaks of communicable disease - localized events that do not usually capture international attention, but nevertheless overwhelm people’s capacity to cope and respond – that predominate. In 2012, the emergencies have been silent, less publicised and not as acute as in previous years, but they have still been happening, and Merlin has been responding to them.

 

In 2012 the Emergency Response Fund has been used successfully for the following crises:

 

Providing essential support during a Malaria Epidemic in Saramabila, the Democratic Republic of Congo, March 2012:

 - 7,706 malaria patients were provided with immediate health care.

 - 150 children received life-saving blood transfusions.

 - 668 pregnant women were protected from malaria using drug treatment.

 - 3,441 children under five received anti-malarial medicines to protect them from the disease

 

Provision of Emergency Nutrition and Health Services for vulnerable communities affected by the Sahel Food Crisis in Chad, March 2012:

Merlin established an emergency program in Chad, aimed to increase access to free primary health care and nutritional services for young children and pregnant / breastfeeding women. It will also help to improve the capacity of local authorities and organizations to respond to future disease outbreaks.

By arriving in country early on, Merlin began to alleviate the stress on a high-risk malnourished population before the arrival of the peak malnutrition season. It gave us a crucial window of opportunity to save lives, reduce suffering and reinforce the coping mechanisms of those most affected, before that peak was reached.

 

Emergency Response to the Monsoon Flooding in Southwest Philippines, August 2012:

 - Implementation of a medical response in Evacuation Centers and affected communities for over 3,000 people.

 - Health education and hygiene promotion in Evacuation Centers and communities for 1,350 individuals.

 - Provision of medicines to local government-organized health clinics for ~30,000 people.

 - Distribution of hygiene kits to 500 families (approx. 2,500 people).

 - Distribution of blankets to 150 families in the Evacuation Centers.

 

Emergency Response for people displaced by conflict on the Sudan-South Sudan Border, September 2012:

 - Providing trained health workers to GOAL-supported health facilities in Maban County.

 - Sourcing and distributing Non Food Items (NFIs) and medical supplies to GOAL’s storage facilities in Maban, having first fully assessed the need and level required.

 - Installing a medical expert with nutritional expertise to deliver essential healthcare and to train other health workers and medical personnel, building resilience and capacity.

 - Training staff at Bunj County Hospital on efficient referral processes, ensuring only those with high needs occupy inpatient beds and those who require urgent care are able to access it.

 

Thank you for your support.

Oct 9, 2012

West Africa Food Crisis Update

Stabilization center at Massaguet Hospital
Stabilization center at Massaguet Hospital

Merlin’s Emergency Response Team in Chad

In March 2012, Merlin teams carried out assessments in Chad, to determine health needs and design the most effective response possible.  In response to the crisis Merlin now has a full team in Chad consisting of a Country Director, Country Health Director, Logistician and a Program Manager.  

Merlin’s Activities

Recent stats from the field show that nearly 5,000 children under five have been screened for malnutrition, as well as, 1820 pregnant and lactating women.  Out of this combined number 93% have been successfully treated. 

Currently, the management of children with Severe Acute Malnutrition, with complications continues at the Stabilization Center at Massaguet District Hospital.  15 health facilities continue to implement nutrition activities services.  There is daily follow up and on-going training of nurses and other agents by District hospital administration and Merlin medical team at the Stabilization Center. Finally, the Massakori Pediatric Unit continues to provide referral assistance for malnutrition complications when Massaguet district hospital is not able to deliver needed care, as it is the second referral stabilization center for Merlin in the region.

We thank you for your continued support in our fight against hunger.

Merlin supported health facility in Djarmaya
Merlin supported health facility in Djarmaya
Children at Merlin supported outpatient clinic
Children at Merlin supported outpatient clinic

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Oct 8, 2012

Merlin's Final Report - Monsoon Flood Response

An emergency evacuation center for those affected
An emergency evacuation center for those affected

Final Report - Monsoon Flooding, Philippines

This past August a severe monsoon hit the capital of the Philippines, Manila, causing widespread flooding in the capital and remote surrounding areas up to 10 feet deep.  Around 78 people are thought to have died and over 1.3 million were displaced.  More than 130,000 people are still residing in evacuation centers. With many areas still under water - in particular the isolated, outlying areas of Rizal, Pampanga and Bulacan Provinces - more than 300,000 are still in need of assistance outside of those evacuation centers.

Unfortunately, the Philippines is no stranger to flooding as is among the most disaster prone countries in the world with an average of 20 typhoons each year. Merlin has been stationed in the country since the devastating 2009 Typhoon Ketsana and continues to provide relief during emergencies asides from its regular health programs.

 

Accomplishments

Merlin is worked with local health authorities and other international agencies to carry out medical missions to evacuation centers and affected communities. Health workers and volunteers key achievements have been:

  • Implementation of medical mission in Evacuation Centers and affected communities for 3,000 individuals (implementation through national partner)
  • Health education and Hygiene promotion in evacuations centers and affected communities for 1,350 individuals.
  • Provision of Medicines an estimated 30,000 persons
  • Distribution of Hygiene kits to 500 families (est. 2,500 individuals)
  • Distribution of blankets in evacuation centers for 150 families (est. 750 individuals)
  • Estimated number of beneficiaries: 37,600 individuals

 

What Next?

While the situation in Manila is improving and the world’s news cameras start to turn their attention elsewhere, thousands are still in evacuation centers and many communities still need assistance as the flooding has yet to subside in certain areas outside the capital. Furthermore, forecasts suggest that more rain, storms and typhoons are on the way as the rainy season is not thought to finish until November.

Therefore it’s vital that Merlin continues providing support and assistance to those who need it in the Philippines. For more information on this and other Merlin projects, please visit our website www.merlinusa.org

Flooded street Angono Municipality, Rizal Province
Flooded street Angono Municipality, Rizal Province
Flooded school used as evacuation center
Flooded school used as evacuation center

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