A category 5 typhoon slammed into the Philippines on November 8th, 2013. Over 14.1 million people have been affected, with more than 4.1 million people displaced. Over 6,000 were killed, and over 27,000 reported injured.
Thousands were in desperate need of aid. Relief efforts had been hampered by damaged infrastructure and bad weather, making the hardest hit areas difficult to access.
Help from Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International has been committed to providing high-impact relief to those affected by the typhoon. Because of you, our generous supporters, we were able to respond quickly, shipping urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in the Philippines with enough supplies to care for 10,000 people for 3 months. Thanks to you, our volunteer teams of medical professionals were able to be on the ground within days of the disaster, helping to restore the health of communities devastated by the typhoon. Altogether, MTI sent 60 volunteers and provided care to over 20,500 patients.
The country’s capacity to provide adequate medical care is being restored. Our 15th and final medical team returned January 28th, and we will continue to provide support to local partners engaged in a variety of rebuilding efforts in the coming months.
While on the ground, our teams assessed medical care needs as well as provided primary health care services via a mobile medical clinic. Our teams addressed disease and contaminated water. They also treated patients suffering from chronic illnesses, such as heart problems and diabetes, who cannot access treatment or medications.