Mobile medical clinics, needs assessment & distribution of dignity kits

Project Mobile medical clinics, needs assessment & distribution of dignity kits
Objectives

Identify the needs of the affected communities in Borongan Barangay and other affected areas near Ormoc at Leyte Island

Project Partners Eastern Samar Provincial Health Office
Activities

• Procured and distributed “dignity kits” to pregnant and lactating mothers • Set up mobile medical clinics throughout Eastern Samar • Conducted needs assessments

Locations Ormoc, Leyte, Phillippines
Period December 2014
Accomplishments

• Provided medical care to those affected by the disaster • Identified the most critical needs • Treated 568 pregnant women and lactating mothers • Distributed 1,000 dignity kits • Provided a primary health care mobile clinic • Served a total of 2,369 patients in December 2014

Background

On the 6th of December 2014, Typhoon Hagupit (known locally as Typhoon Ruby) made landfall over Dolores, in Eastern Samar Philippines. MERCY Malaysia has been closely following the progression of Typhoon Hagupit as it was graded a Super Typhoon on the 4th of December. Although it was no longer at Super Typhoon strength when it made landfall, maximum sustained winds of 175km/h and gusts of wind up to 210km/h upon landfall caused serious destruction and damage in Eastern Samar. Typhoon Hagupit moved very slowly for five days in a West Northwest direction, causing flash floods, landslides, power outages and interruptions in telecommunications. The impact of Typhoon Hagupit was not as severe as Typhoon Haiyan. The communities and government were better prepared based from their experiences from Typhoon Haiyan. Nevertheless, a total of 532,887 families (2,392,593 people) were affected. The Philippines government conducted the largest evacuation in preparation for landfall, mobilizing the various communities to public buildings. Evacuation centres included schools such as Balion Elementary School and Nasunogan Elementary School, which had been rehabilitated by MERCY Malaysia post-Typhoon Haiyan.

MERCY Malaysia efforts

MERCY Malaysia’s team based in Ormoc city were quickly deployed to the affected areas, conducting rapid assessments to establish the emergency needs of those afflicted by the disaster. Most critical of needs that were identified were the lack of food supplies, emergency shelter, health care and emergency livelihood support. MERCY Malaysia deployed several teams to Eastern Samar to procure and distribute “dignity kits” to pregnant and lactating mothers. These distributions coincided with mobile medical clinics that was set up throughout Eastern Samar, providing medical care to those affected by the floods. MERCY Malaysia has also been replenishing medicine supplies of local health institutions. We continue in providing medical assistance to barangays (villages) for those who were affected by Typhoon Hagupit as long as there is a need.