In the wake of Haiyan, RI’s Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) Team immediately deployed to the hardest hit areas to provide urgent primary medical care. The team provided medical treatment to over 3,700 patients and psychological support to more than 500 patients in the aftermath of the storm. A portion of our team was stationed at the Carigara District Hospital near Tacloban where they helped staff the hospital until it returned to functionality.
Exciting developments are underway as the Carigara District Hospital has begun operating at nearly full capacity for the first time since the Haiyan. Recently, the hospital performed its first operation in the newly-restored operating room—a birth! The hospital currently serves approximately 215,000 people in six towns.
Success stories like this are becoming more common as the people of Philippines rebuild, but a long road of recovery remains for millions of families. The widespread destruction of critical infrastructure following Haiyan resulted in millions of displaced people without access to essential services such as electricity, healthcare, sanitation facilities, and clean water. To meet these needs, RI scaled up its efforts and is currently implementing a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) program specifically focusing on inland villages on the island of Leyte. Leyte, among the most devastated areas with nearly 1.6 million residents, lacks functioning toilets in many areas and access to potable water is limited. RI’s team is currently helping provide access to safe drinking water, supplying hygiene and sanitation facilities, and conducting hygiene awareness education. The project has a special focus on improving drinking water, latrines/sanitation, and hygiene awareness in schools.
Haiyan had a severe effect upon agriculture, particularly for the country’s coconut production. In fact, some areas experienced an 84 percent loss in agriculture. To prevent future devastation, RI plans to launch projects that work with local communities to replant coconut, a main livelihood source for many Filipinos, using an intercropping scheme to strengthen the coconut trees’ resistance to high winds.
Your continued support allows our team to reach more families and has helped us scale up long-term recovery efforts. Our team would like to extend a big thank you those who have already joined us in support. Together, we can continue to help families recover and rebuild from disaster.