Emergency Medical Relief
On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms on record, tore through the Philippines. Key infrastructures, such as hospitals, clinics, and sanitation systems, were also destroyed, making it difficult for local medical personnel to meet the great needs of the community. In total, over 6,000 people lost their lives and nearly 30,000 more were injured, leaving many throughout the country in great need of medical assistance.
Relief International mobilized its Rapid Emergency Deployment (RED) Team to deliver vital primary medical care to survivors in Tacloban and surrounding areas. RI’s team, consisting of 32 volunteer medical staff, staffed a city hospital and two mobile clinics. RED Team also made door to door medical visits to survivors in Tacloban City.
Through the kind generosity of United Airlines and Philippine Airlines, Relief International deployed additional medical personnel to help support those affected in this hard-hit area.
- 3,703 patients received medical treatment, including physical exams
- More than 500 people received psychological debriefing and support