Emergency Response – Typhoon Bopha (Pablo)

Project Emergency Response – Typhoon Bopha (Pablo)
Objectives

• To carry out an assessment on the immediate needs of the affected communities • To assess the medium to long term recovery needs of the communities and the health system • To provide primary healthcare services to the unreached affected communities in the rural barangays (villages)

Project Partners • The Diocese of Tagum • The Diocese of Mati • Department of Health Region XI (Region Eleven)
Activities

• Needs assessment • Health Screening • Provision of primary healthcare services • Health surveillance

Locations • Laak, Monkayo, Nabunturan and Mawab – Compostela Valley • Cateel – Davao Oriental
Period 14 December 2012 to 29 January 2013
Accomplishments

• 28 medical outreach clinics • 8,505 beneficiaries treated

Background

Typhoon Bopha made landfall in Mindanao on 4 December 2012, causing massive damage across 3,064 barangays (villages) in 34 provinces. The typhoon affected more than 6,243,998 people (711,682 families), leaving the majority of them homeless and without any means of making a living, as almost all agricultural produce in the affected areas were destroyed. The estimated cost of the disaster now stands at PHP 2 billion (USD 49 million). The worst affected provinces were Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental of Region XI (Region Eleven).

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia deployed an assessment team on 14 December 2012, to identify the needs and gaps in the health sector. The team observed that there were many medical teams working in the town areas of the affected provinces, but few were conducting clinics in the more isolated barangays. MERCY Malaysia deployed three medical teams to serve the affected communities in the interior barangays of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental. The teams conducted medical outreach clinics in Compostela Valley, in-partnership with the Diocese of Tagum and the Diocese of Mati. The immense damage to houses and crops caused by Typhoon Bopha left communities without proper shelter, access to healthcare, food, clean water and sanitation. MERCY Malaysia continues to assess the evolving needs especially in the Mental Health and Psyhosocial Support (MHPSS) and Water, Sanitation and Hygine (WASH) sector. The medical teams conducted a total of 28 medical outreach clinics over a duration of 7 weeks, serving more than 8,505 people.