Assessing Medical Needs After Typhoon Bopha Batters the Philippines

Direct Relief is in contact with hospitals and other healthcare providers in the Philippines, assessing the need for emergency medicines and supplies as information surfaces about devastating damage and loss of life following powerful Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, which hit the Pacific island nation Tuesday.

News sources report more than 300 deaths and several hundred injured and missing, mostly on the hardest-hit island of Mindanao, located south of the capital, Manila.

In addition to loss of life, severe infrastructure damage is being reported. Floods, mudslides, and heavy winds reaching 93 mph destroyed roads, collapsed bridges, and leveled buildings.

Edgar Claude Nadal, president of Davao Adventist Hospital on Mindanao, wrote in an email, “Right after the typhoon we went to the severely hit area. It was so devastating, a lot of people lost their houses and properties and even lives. We were one of the first to supply them with food and clothing as well as medicines.”

Nadal reported that the hospital has some existing medicines and supplies from Direct Relief, but the stock is being consumed quickly. He also said they are coordinating with nearby Valencia Hospital to respond to the emergency.

“We are so blessed to have Direct Relief as partners to help those who are in need,” he wrote, adding that medicines and supplies have helped in previous typhoons and earthquakes.

In addition to ongoing shipments of medicine and medical supplies, Direct Relief supported past emergency response efforts in the Philippines, including Typhoon Ketsana in 2009 and severe flooding in 2012.

2 Comments
  1. It’s unclear if Direct Relief is conducting emergency response in Mindanao specifically due to Hurricane Pablo. Please advise if you are. Thank you.

    • We have been in contact with our partners in Mindanao, but so far we have not received any specific requests for medicines and supplies. Information about specific needs there is starting to emerge and we are exploring opportunities to send a shipment there.

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