Typhoons strike the Philippines every year. In 2013 supertyphoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, destroyed the municipality of San Francisco in the Camotes Islands (Cebu). Healthcare is not acessible and the closest hospital is in Cebu, 3-5hs away from San Francisco. After having realised projects and hygiene trainings in the area, Kito aims to build a Health Center in Tulang Diot (municipality of San Francisco) for long-lasting medical assistance to the population during the recovery.
San Francisco, as happened with the supertyphoon Haiyan and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake, is difficult to reach in case of emergency. It is often left out from the international aid. As a consequence the local government asked Kito's support for the construction of a Health Center and the supply of emergency medical assistance to face the population's needs when natural disasters occur. Children and women are the main target of the intervention as the most vulnerable groups.
Designed by the students of the University of Genoa and bulit with wood, stones and light materials, the Kito Health Center aims to provide people in need with prompt medical assistance. Given its energy self-sufficiency and sustainability, Kito Health Center hopes to become a safe shelter on which local people can rely when ordinary facilities are insufficient. The women of the island will be involved in the realization of the project which will be farm out to a local construction company.
The Health Center has a long-term perspective focusing on prevention and sustainability. As previous experiences show, Kito offers and hosts different training on basic health and hygiene aimed to improve the living conditions and reduce the infectious illnesses insurgence within the local community. Thanks to its structure and materials, Kito Health is environment-friendly and autosustainable.