MSF’s Response to Typhoon Haiyan
When Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines on November 8, 2013, it caused a disaster of a scale unprecedented in the country. Whole communities were flattened while a tsunami-like storm surge claimed thousands of lives. Some 16 million people lost either their homes or their livelihoods, and more than 6,200 people were killed.
Overwhelming response from donors
Overwhelming generosity from around the world poured into the Philippines. Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) received extraordinary support from donors amounting to 32.4 million Euros (49.2 million Canadian dollars) to provide humanitarian assistance to the affected population. Canadians alone contributed an incredible three million dollars to the relief effort.
MSF was able to provide emergency assistance to communities on the most affected islands, addressing acute and immediate medical trauma needs, and restoring basic medical services and facilities. MSF provided shelter, reconstruction kits, and water and sanitation facilities. Teams offered psychosocial support to children and adults.
Five months later, the transition to recovery is underway. Streets and roads have gradually been cleared. Shops are reopening, school classes have resumed. Houses have been repaired, and many evacuees are now back in their homes. Although the emergency phase may be over, rebuilding towns will be a daunting, long-term task. Those who depend on farming will be in precarious situations for years to come.
Infographic – Typhoon Haiyan: MSF’s Response by the Numbers
Overwhelming generosity from around the world poured into the Philippines. Canadians alone contributed an incredible three million dollars to MSF's relief effort.