Since 2008,many areas of the world -- whether in developed or impoverished communities --have been devastated by unexpected deadly storms, floods and other natural disasters. The United Nations has cited the Philippines as the hardest hit country in the world during 2012. Many Filipino communites have yet to recover beyond tents and makeshift shacks, with clean water and adequte food and medicine in short supply. Six months ather Typhoon Bopha/ Pablo ended and initial aid missions have largely inished their work, many communites remain in desperate conditions.
Thanks to the good-hearted, if seemingly modest, donations by GlobalGiving donors, amounting to around $2,000 during the first quarter of 2013, some larger companies and charitable agencies have assisted Asia America Initiative and our fieldwork partners of the International Pharmaceutical Incorporated [IPI] Foundation to distribute more than US $650,000 of donated medical assistance to thousands of storm and flood victims in Visayas and Mindanao regions. Our aid has assisted all age groups from infants to grandparents. And small sachets of oral rehydration salts has saved the lives of those suffering from high-fever illnessses caused by unclean water supplies and deadly viruses.
This work has been recognized by the President of the Philippines and the Philippines Secretary of Health, Dr. Enrique Ona, as especially vital and timelyduring difficult survival time for countless families and children and senior citizens who have lost families in the calamities.
In a May 6, 2013 letter to AAI and our donors, Philippines Secretary of Health Dr. Enrique Ona, MD stated : "Our heartfelt gratitude. Your generosity will surely go a long way in making an immnediate difference in the health and lives of our people."
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