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Six Months of Essential Medical Support to the Philippines
About Typhoon Haiyan
Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally-known as Yolanda) battered the Philippines on Nov. 8 with torrential rains and winds reaching reaching nearly 200 mph – equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane. The United Nations estimated that more than 11.3 million Filipinos were affected, with 673,000 made homeless, since Haiyan – one of the most powerful typhoons ever. With many of the country’s hospitals and medical facilities destroyed or out of operation; valuable stocks of medicine damaged in the storm; hundreds of thousands of people needing urgent medical care; and increased risk of waterborne diseases from flooding; Direct Relief is working to fill these needs and help people affected access the health care they need.
How Direct Relief is Helping
Direct Relief is delivering a world of good to people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan in the following ways:
1. Sending Critically Needed Medicines and Supplies
Since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Visayas region of the Philippines, Direct Relief has coordinated the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to over 100 healthcare provider partners in the region who were impacted by the storm: 250 tons of donated medical relief goods, with a wholesale value of over $14 million – enough to provide aid to more than 500,000 people.
The shipments contain items such as wound dressings for trauma-related care, antibiotics for skin and respiratory infections, and nutritional items for pregnant mothers and displaced children, among many other medical relief goods. In November Fedex provided an MD-11 cargo plane to ship the largest single donation of medicines and supplies in Direct Relief’s history. All deliveries have been directly distributed to charitable hospitals hit by the storm’s surge. Direct Relief continues to safely and efficiently provide specifically requested medicines to those who need them most.
2. Providing Emergency Cash Grants
Direct Relief has provided $615,000 in direct cash grants to eight nonprofit organizations in the Philippines working to assist people affected by the typhoon.
- $50,000 to Access Aid International to rebuild health centers in the Concepcion Islands, provide primary care services to thousands of typhoon survivors and provide training for 50 Barangay (village) Health Workers
- $50,000 to Asia American Initiative to provide food and medical assistance to families not receiving care on Panay and Samar
- $70,000 to Gawad Kalinga to support the organizing of 1 million volunteers in the Bayani Challenge to care for poor through rebuilding homes, repairing schools, preparing health missions, planting trees and educating children
- $235,000 to Health Futures Initiative to build three new Barangay Health stations in Samar and provide continuing education for providers and provide psychosocial support for survivors
- $60,000 to IPI Foundation to purchase and equip a Mobile Medical Van for IPI to provide dental and diabetes care to Barangay’s around the affected area for the next three years
- $50,000 to Mercy in Action/Yayasan Bumi Sehat to build a birthing center in Dulag, Leyte and provide free maternal and child health care to affected families
- $50,00 to Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation to provide relief packs to families in need
- $50,000 to Zeulig Family Foundation to help distribute rice and tents, and restore communications in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon
3. Utilizing Technology to Ensure Effectiveness
Direct Relief is collaborating with software company Palantir Technologies and local Philippine partners including the Philippines Red Cross, Gawad Kalinga, and the Tacloban Health Cluster to enable a more targeted and efficient response effort in the Philippines. Palantir is providing operational technology and analysis to determine where help is needed most and provide real-time tracking of assets and personnel to both nonprofits. Teams from our partner organizations are conducting health and structural needs assessments, conducting syndromic surveillance, and coordinating volunteer efforts using GPS-enabled satellite communications devices (inReach SE from Delorme), provided by Direct Relief. The combination of mobile satellite communications with Palantir’s analytics platform allows efficient information sharing and rich situational analysis. This work is a result of a Clinton Global Initiative commitment made by Palantir in January 2013 to improve disaster response efforts by providing software and analytical support to better mobilize responders and resources to natural and other disasters.
4. Leveraging Corporate Support
Without the generosity of Direct Relief’s corporate supporters, this effort would not be possible. Companies that have donated urgently-needed medicines, medical supplies, nutritional items and/or cash include:
Abbott and Abbott Fund
AbbVie and AbbVie Foundation
Actavis Pharma Inc.
Advanced Sterilization Products
Aera Energy LLC
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.
Allergan, Inc. and the Allergan Foundation
Baxter International Inc.
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Cera Products, Inc.
Clif Bar & Company
C.R. Bard and C.R. Bard Foundation
Drip Drop, Inc.
FirstLine Gloves, Inc.
Integra LifeSciences Corporation
Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies
Merck & Co., Inc.
Mylan Laboratories Inc.
News America Incorporated
Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Pro Packing, Inc.
Sanofi US Foundation for North America
Senator Investment Group LP
Sunrise Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Yorba Oil Company, Ltd.