Posts Tagged Emergency Response

Typhoon Hagupit Update: Preparedness Pays Off

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Direct Relief partner Leyte Provincial Hospital (LPH) broke open the typhoon module during the height of Typhoon Hagupit and they are now using the medicines and supplies at the hospital and in the smaller health facilities in the hardest hit areas. The module – one of three pre-positioned in the country earlier this year in preparation for storm season – contains enough […]

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Typhoon Hagupit: Delivering Emergency Medicines and Supplies Before a Disaster

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With typhoon Hagupit about to make landfall in the Philippines it is a good time to reflect on the importance of both disaster preparedness and response planning. Natural climactic events become humanitarian disasters when they exceed the capacity of a community to cope. With poor disaster preparation and planning a relatively minor natural event can become a calamity, conversely, with […]

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Physician Spotlight: Caring for Philippines Typhoon Survivors One Year Later

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When asked how she has coped for the last year since Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) devastated the Philippines, Chief of Ormoc District Hospital, Dr. Maria Lourdes de Lara-Banquesio, replied, “We do the best we can with what we have.” Ormoc District Hospital (ODH) is the main public and referral hospital on the western side of Leyte Province, one of the areas […]

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Tropical Cyclone Hudhud: Responding in India

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Direct Relief is in contact with health care partners on the ground in the region of India affected by Tropical Cyclone Hudhud and stands ready to provide support based on the needs assessments conducted in the next 48 hours. Tropical Cyclone Hudhud made landfall on Sunday near the eastern Indian city of Visakhapatnam (Vizag) – home to two million people. […]

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Responding to Flooding in Manila and Luzon, Philippines

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#455762048 / gettyimages.com Following Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines), which brought heavy rains and severe flooding to low-lying areas of the northern Philippine Islands, Direct Relief has reached out to local officials as they assess medical needs. More than one million people have been affected across 27 provinces, with nearly 130,000 people seeking shelter at 324 […]

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Restoring Health and Lives Six Months After Typhoon Haiyan

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It’s been six months since Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) battered the Philippines, killing more than 6,200 people, injuring over 28,000, and leaving millions more displaced. Of the 16 million people affected by the storm, at least 10 million were women and children, including 250,000 pregnant women. An estimated 82 percent of the health facilities in the affected areas […]

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