Distributing hygiene kits to impacted communities
This will be our final update as International Medical Corps’ emergency response to Typhoon Goni draws to a close.
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On November 1, 2020, Super Typhoon Goni made landfall over the Philippines, with winds up to 195 miles per hour. For two days, violent winds, landslides and flooding ravaged the island of Luzon, causing extensive damage to health facilities, schools and essential services. In impacted regions, the storm displaced nearly 400,000 individuals.
To make matters worse, less than two weeks after Typhoon Goni, Typhoon Vamco struck the northern island of Luzon, greatly affecting the capital city of Manila. Floodwaters, mud and strong winds destroyed more than 39,000 homes and displaced more than 223,000 people. Noela, a mother of two, recalls, “On the night Typhoon Vamco struck, I noticed that the water was already knee-deep, so I placed my youngest child on top of the table as I went to collect some of our items. However, the water was rising very fast and my child was almost carried away by floodwaters. I decided to just leave the house.” She continued, “When I visited this morning, the whole roof was no longer there, and the house is full of mud.”
Following Typhoons Goni and Vamco, stories like Noela’s were common. International Medical Corps’ team in the Philippines acted quickly to support critical relief and recovery activities for those impacted.
Addressing the most urgent needs, we distributed 500 jerry cans and more than 300 household hygiene kits each containing a month’s worth of soap, cloth face masks, toothbrushes, towels and more for a family of four. To complement the distributed supplies, our team provided health and hygiene education.
The large-scale displacement and overwhelmed evacuation centers raised concerns for the rapid spread of COVID-19. Our team distributed COVID-19 kits with face masks and hand sanitizer to more than 900 families and shared messaging related to COVID-19 prevention. In anticipation of an increase in confirmed cases, International Medical Corps also provided two health facilities in the impacted area with infection prevention and control supplies such as disinfectant and other cleaning materials. These essential supplies help keep health workers and patients safe.
Across all of our response activities, International Medical Corps reached more than 9,600 men, women and children impacted by the typhoons. According to one local official, “We thank International Medical Corps, for coming to assist us in that moment when we need support for our constituents. The hygiene kits are actually needed by the people in their daily lives, so giving them that is definitely helpful and will help keep them healthy as well. International Medical Corps came and supported us without asking for anything, but just the permission to work in our community.”
International Medical Corps is grateful to GlobalGiving and its community of donors for raising awareness of our response efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Goni.