PHILIPPINES

SUPER-TYPHOON HAIYAN RESPONSE 2013

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Typhoon Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines. For hours, the islands of Leyte, Eastern Samar, Panay, and Cebu faced sustained wind speeds of up to 315 km/h. For senior GlobalMedic personnel first on the ground, this disaster was beyond anything they’d ever seen before. UN officials described the aftermath as, “off the scale, apocalyptic”.

In the first few weeks there were no roads, food, electricity, beds, or escape from the death and destruction surrounding the victims. Over 6,000 people lost their lives and over 90% of homes and businesses in the hardest hit areas were completely destroyed. Thousands of families were in desperate need of clean water and medical attention.

The Response to Typhoon Haiyan is the largest in GlobalMedic’s history, and would not have been accomplished without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers, and the support of our generous donors. Over 40 volunteers were deployed by GlobalMedic during the emergency phase of the response, into Cebu, Tacloban and Iloilo. Aid was delivered for 20 hours a day, in five-day rotations.

6000+

PEOPLE

KILLED

1000+

STILL 

MISSING

1000’s

OF FAMILIES

IN NEED

PROGRAMMING

EMERGENCY PHASE

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$500,000 +

MEDICAL

SUPPLIES

• Over $500,000 worth of essential medicines distributed to working hospitals and used in GlobalMedic’s field hospitals.

• Installed 5 field hospitals which treated well over 10,000 patients.

SHELTER

FOR OVER

2,500

PEOPLE

• Over 4.3 million litres of purified water distributed to various communities in affected regions through tankering programs.

• Several months operation of a SCAN water purification unit (that purified thousands of litres of drinking water daily).

354 

FAMILY 

SHELTERS

• Distributed 354 transitional shelters (tents) to families who lost their homes. These shelters supported families until they could rebuild their homes.

• Installation of an evacuation shelter in Estacion, following the evacuation of a number of nearby residents.

RECOVERY PHASE

DAGAMI

HOSPITAL

REBUILT

• Dagami hospital rebuilt and once again fully operational.

• Continued operation of 3 field hospitals:

• Field hospital in Iloilo

• Dynamic Air Shelter field hospital in Balangigia

• Alaska field hospital in Sara.

3000+

HYGIENE

 KITS 

• Rainfresh water purification units distributed to 3,500+ families.

• Rehabilitation of 65 community wells to provide long-term access to drinking water.

• A hygiene education program accompanied the distribution of 3,045 hygiene kits.

20

PERMANENT 

HOMES

• Over 20 permanent homes built with Compressed Earth Block technology.

• Forty labourers trained on Compressed Earth Brick technology, well rehabilitation and construction.

To ensure community evolvement, local labourers were trained by GlobalMedic on how to operate the machine. Alongside GlobalMedic volunteers, these community members produced 100’s of blocks daily that were used in the construction of their own homes.

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