You kindly supported Merlin’s appeal for hygiene kits to help the victims of the wide spread flooding in Mindanao at the end of 2011. Unfortunately, this cyclone season has struck with mighty force and now the people of Luzon are feeling the destructive effects of monsoon ‘Habagat’ and tropical storm ‘HaiKui’.
Merlin is helping families by offering basic health care, distributing hygiene kits to families in Rizal Province (just east of Manila), supplying medicines to local health clinics and giving practical demonstrations to people living in evacuation centers - of which there are still thousands - on how to protect their families from illness and the spread of disease.
If you are able to support Merlin's work once more, please find our appeal on the GlobalGiving site at:
Thank you for your generous gift towards Merlin’s work supporting families affected by Storm Washi at the end of last year.
With your help, we were able to respond quickly with basic health care and hygiene kits for 2,000 families who were evacuated from their homes and temporarily re-housed in storm shelters and secure buildings.
Merlin continues to offer health care in the Philippines, but for now at least, our teams are focusing on the urban slums of Manila, the capital. However, we are ready to respond to any further emergencies with planned disaster response strategies, so as we move towards cyclone season once more....Merlin is ready.
As mentioned above, the Merlin Team is now focusing on a new project in the urban slums of Manila. With the third highest population growth in South East Asia, learning about and having access to, reproductive health care is vital. Poor couples tend to have larger families, due in part to a severe lack of awareness and access to family planning resources. Birth control allows women more opportunities and ensures better female health.
This new program will impact over 796,000 people.
For more information and to offer your support to this new project, please check it out on the Global Giving website under the Title ‘Giving young women opportunities in Manila, Philippines’
Final Report - Storm Washi, Philippines
Storm Washi swept across the island of Mindanao between December 16 and 18. It caused massive flooding, flash floods and landslides and sadly, killed more than 1,200 people. Merlin responded by sending a small team to assess communities’ health needs and what damage had been done to health facilities. In the immediate aftermath sanitation and hygiene was a priority to stop the spread of disease.
Merlin formed a partnership with the largest national non-profit organisation, CFSI. Sixty local people were hired to help make up and distribute hygiene kits to 2,000 families in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.
Kit Distribution Details
Baragay 24 95 kits delivered
Lapasan 33 kits delivered
Camaman-an 82 kits delivered
Patag 68 kits delivered
Poblacion 353 kits delivered over two sites
Carmen 66 kits delivered
Canituan 80 kits delivered
Bulua 463 kits delivered
Balulang 142 kits delivered
Balubal 118 kits delivered
Santiago 500 kits delivered
By mid January most of the affected families had been reallocated places to live. The main issues continue to be food and livelihoods, shelter and continued water and sanitation needs. Local health authorities are trying to work together, although there is still need to strengthen mental health services – many are still traumatised from the affects of the Storm.
Merlin will not be extending its activities in Mindanao, as there are now, very few unmet emergency medical needs from the Storm. The Merlin team will turn their attention back to a new reproductive health project in Manila.
In January 2012, Merlin began a 4 year progam to improve access to family planning methods for families living in urban slums. Targeting the poorest areas of Manila, this program will:
This programme is expected to impact 796,000 urban slum dwellers in Manila, including 230,000 potential mothers and 170,000 young people. For more information on this and other Merlin projects, please visit our website www.merlinusa.org
Thank you for supporting Merlin's emergency response after Storm Washi hit Mindanao, Philippines in December 2011. Here is an update on how your donation has made a real difference.
Merlin has been working with a local NGO (non-governmental organisation) to distribute hygiene kits to families in the cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro, the two cities worst hit by Storm Washi.
Merlin has supported CSFI (Community and Family Services International) to purchase items locally for the kits, which staff have then assembled, transported and distributed the kits to around 2, 000 families (approximately 10,000 people).
An example of contents of a Kit:
2 adult toothbrushes 2 packs of sanitary napkins 3 bars of soap
2 child toothbrushes 1 pack of condoms 1 bottle of shampoo
3 tubes of toothpaste 2 bottles antiseptic 3 bars of laundry soap
1 pair of adult slippers 1 pair of child’s slippers 1 comb
2 bath towels Underwear for family of 4
All contents are placed within a sealed plastic bucket.
Update on health situation in general
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