Super Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Response 2013/14

AAI deployed a Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) consisting of disaster managers, nurses and doctors to help provide much needed medical care to people living in the remotest and most isolated areas of typhoon-devastated Philippines. AAI post-emergency response programs included rehabilitating and reconstructing several health facilities, including three birthing centers in geographically isolated and remote island communities.  AAI also installed water tanks and rehabilitated water points at several locations.  AAI conducted several training sessions with local health workers, including doctors, nurses, midwifes, and Department of Health staff on a variety of topics.

Typhoon Bopha Emergency Response 2012/13

Typhoon Bopha, the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines in 2012, passed through the southern Philippines from Mindanao to Palawan, making landfall three times between 4  and 7 December 2012.

Out of the 6.2 million people affected by the Typhoon, 1067 are confirmed dead, 834 are still missing and there are 178,704 houses damaged. These figures are growing daily as relief efforts reach remote areas, some only accessible by foot. Access Aid International (AAI) deployed it’s Disaster Response and Assessment Team to provide assistance to local NGO’s in Mindanao.

AAI established a partnership with Reach International to provide medical support to previously inaccessible villages throughout Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. These mobile clinics are predominately operated by local health professionals, supported by AAI personnel from Australia.

Platapus Outdoors Group Pty Ltd has generously donated emergency shelter items for displaced families in the Philippines.  DHL’s Disaster Response Team and the Peacebuilders have provided excellent logistical assistance by shipping the goods into Davao and assisting with the distribution. AAI and the DHL DRT volunteered as part of the Interagency Relief Center repacking food goods to create ‘family packs’ for distribution by the Philippine’s Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Flood Emergency Response 2009

Tropical Storm Ondoy hit the Philippines province of Quezon province on September 2009, causing widespread damage, including in nearby Capital of Manila. The storm caused the worst flooding in the country in over four decades, with the deaths toll over 200 and more than 500,000 people affected and displaced, mostly in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces in southern Luzon. The risk of outbreaks of infectious diseases was exacerbated by the widespread damage to infrastructure through flooding and mudslides, which buried hundreds of homes and caused widespread displacement.

Long term local partner groups, in the Philippines, immediate called upon AAI to provide emergency assistance, in the aftermath of the devastating Typhoon. AAI responded by sending in a Disaster Assessment and Response Team that were able to provide emergency healthcare programs in the devastated areas. At times AAI teams travelled through streets in boats to access victims of the Typhoon.

AAI began recovery programs early and concentrated on building the capacity of local partner organisations, healthcare workers, and grass route organisations. AAI focused on improving community resilience through integrated disaster risk reduction, health and hygiene projects.

Typhoon Durian Emergency Response 2006

Typhoon Durian struck the Philippines in November 2006 causing extensive damage over a widespread area in 24 provinces of which five were affected by more than one typhoon. Over 2,700 people were killed with tens of thousands left homeless. Many people sheltered in evacuation centres established in government buildings, schools and churches. Others were accommodated by families and friends. The total number of households affected was estimated at 649,829 i.e., over 3 million people.

AAI responded to requests for assistance from local partner organisations and deployed a Disaster Assessment and Response Team to the Philippines. AAI worked in the more remote areas of Bicol region operating mobile medical clinics and provided life saving healthcare during the emergency phase of the disaster.

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