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Thank You: Typhoon Yolanda

by Katie Carroll | Jan 31, 2014

Thank you.

Your compassionate and generous response to Typhoon Yolanda helped provide direct medical care to more than 20,000 people affected by the disaster.

Because of you, Medical Teams International was able to quickly respond, shipping urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals in the Philippines – enough to care for 10,000 people for 3 months! And 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.

Your support made a difference in the lives of so many – a baby with acute pneumonia was restored to health by life-saving medicines, an 86-year old man crippled by arthritis received urgent medical care after days of being trapped in his storm damaged home, and a young girl whose leg had been severely injured by flying sheet metal was rescued by our team and airlifted to a hospital in Tacloban to receive the surgery she so desperately needed. Your gifts made all this and more possible.

Here, nearly 10 weeks after the storm, I’m pleased to report that the country’s capacity to provide adequate medical care is being restored. Our 15th and final medical team will return this week and we will continue to provide support to local partners engaged in a variety of rebuilding efforts in the coming months. On behalf of our staff and volunteers, 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.

Watch: Our Medical Teams on the ground in the Philippines:

MTI President & CEO Jeff Pinneo visited the field shortly after the typhoon. He and volunteers on the ground reported the destruction, the need, and the care we are providing.



A note from one of our partners in the Philippines to MTI CEO & President, Jeff Pinneo:

Hi Jeff,

Thank you very much for your kind words but I must say that compared to the valiant efforts of your team, our contribution appear paltry. To come half way across the globe to assist our people in their greatest hour of need is nothing short of admirable. To see all the outpour of generosity from the global community inspires me and convince me that despite all the calamity, the people of this country are truly blessed with good friends and neighbors. For being spared the catastrophe, it is our duty and responsibility to help our countrymen, yet those of you who are not obliged are here. It is us who should be showing the appreciation and not the other way around. So, in behalf of the people affected by Typhoon Yolanda, Thank You! and God Bless you all!

With greatest appreciation,
Andrew B. Co