| Nov 10, 2014
On November 8th, 2013, a category 5 typhoon slammed into the Philippines, affecting over 14.1 million people. More than 4.1 million people were displaced, over 6,000 were killed, and over 27,000 were reported injured.
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to respond quickly to the devastation. With your help, we shipped urgently needed medicines and supplies to clinics and hospitals in the Philippines. We also mobilized volunteer teams of medical professionals to provide primary health care services to over 300 villages.
In addition to providing immediate emergency medical care, your gifts helped rebuild the local infrastructure and ability to respond to future disasters.
Because of your compassion and support, the country's capacity to provide adequate medical care is being restored, and we are continuing to provide support to local partners engaged in a variety of rebuilding efforts.
Thank you for joining us in our commitment to rise, mobilize and make a difference in the lives of people affected by this historic and devastating typhoon. Your support is a huge blessing to those we serve, and we are so grateful to have you on the team.
Reflections from MTI volunteers
"...many parents we saw just needed reassurance after their horrible experiences, that their children were ok. It gave us an opportunity to assess the child for illness, of course, but maybe more importantly, to place our hand on the mom's shoulder and give her comfort, encouragement and let her know that what she was feeling was normal. And things were going to get better." - Sharon Tissell, RN & MTI Volunteer
"I found the people of the Philippines to be very strong and resilient — their motto was 'Rise up Tacloban'." - Mike Erkel, Physician Assistant & MTI Volunteer
"I worked with a young family; the mother had 3 young children, one who was an infant. She was in a town that had not seen medical care since the typhoon and stood in line with all her children for hours. When she finally reached me I could see she was doing the best she could to maintain normalcy for her children. She appeared overwhelmed by the situation but her strength to improve her situation was evident by her warm smile and attention to her children." - Michelle LaVina, RN & MTI Volunteer