Super Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the southern Philippines on November 8, 2013. The natural disaster devastated the region, killing thousands and displacing millions. One of the primary issues facing the area after the typhoon was a lack of medicines and medical materials needed to treat the injured or displaced survivors.
In January of 2014, emerge poverty free funded the shipment of two World Health Organisation medical kits sourced by our partners, International Relief & Development. Each kit contained 10 identical boxes, each sufficient to supply 1,000 people. Overall, the kits held enough medicine, disposable materials, and sanitary instruments to meet the needs of up to 20,000 people for three months. Perhaps the greatest benefit of all, these pharmaceuticals and medical supplies were provided to those in need free of charge.
The majority of the supplies in the kits were distributed to Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Hospital in Calinbapawan, Tacloban and Adventist Hospital in Cebu. Both of these hospitals are located in the Visayas region of the Philippines, the region most severely devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.
emerge poverty free recognises the obstacles facing communities that have been devastated by disaster, and as an organisation, we are grateful to have been able to contribute towards the acquisition and distribution of this humanitarian aid.