Disaster Relief

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Response at a Glance

Medical Teams


Over 20,000

Shipments of supplies to care for 10,000 people for 3 months

The Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan

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. 

Watch: Our Medical Teams On the Ground in the Philippines

Volunteer Sharon Tissell caring for a child in the Philippines.

From one of our Philippines partners 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


Thank You.

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.

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.

Read More about our Typhoon Response in our Official Blog

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