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Latest update from Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

Latest update from Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

In response to the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, IPPF's emergency response programme, the SPRINT Initiative, utilising funding from the Australian Government, has provided USD $200,000 to the Philippines to support relief efforts to provide lifesaving sexual reproductive health services and commodities.

IPPF's Member Association, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines (FPOP), has branches in several provinces that were affected, namely Cebu, Samar, Masbate and Iloilo. We are still checking on the safety of all our volunteers in the affcted area.

“The heart-breaking depth and scale of destruction left in the the wake of Typhoon Haiyan are among the worst the world has ever seen. Many health facilities no longer exist or have been severely damaged. Using funding from the Australian Government, SPRINT’s support of FPOP’s humanitarian work will aim to complement existing relief efforts to provide essential non-food items and services such as clean delivery kits to assist pregnant women to ensure safe and clean deliveries as well as post-rape treatment services,” highlighted Paul Gimson, SPRINT Director, “For many women and girls in these affected areas, access to essential SRH services could mean the difference between life and death.”

At 12 November the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated 11.3 million people in 9 provinces had been severely affected by the Category 5 Typhoon Haiyan. To date, it has been estimated that more than 10 000 people have been killed, thousands have been injured while many others remain missing or unaccountedfor. More than 670 000 people have been displaced. Assessments are ongoing and many areas remain inaccessible. There is still no information available on the condition of people in remote areas.

Over the next 3 months our clinics and volunteers will engage in the implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health (MISP). It is targeted to reach and serve more than 60,000 individuals in 8 of the hardest hit and badly affected provinces in the country. Our local clinics will be reinforced with staff and volunteers from Luzon and Mindanao and the National Office.

The MISP is IPPF's cooridnated set of priority activities. They are designed to:

  • prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence
  • prevent excess neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality
  • reduce HIV transmission
  • plan for comprehensive reproductive health services in the early weeks of an emergency.

The Family Planning Organizaton of the Philippines has implemented various MISP responses in the past including Typhoon Washi (Sendong) and Typhoon Bopha (Pablo). Currently the MISP is being implemented in response to Zamboanga City which was recently affected by an internal strife between the Moro National Liberation Front and the government. In all these responses, the Family Planning Organization of the Philippines has been supported by IPPF's SPRINT programme and UNFPA.

“I am deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the terrible devastation inflicted on the hundreds of thousands of families living in the affected regions. IPPF is committed to ensuring that our country partners in the Philippines is supported to provide life-saving humanitarian services to reduce morbidity and mortality, particularly among women and girls,” said Nora Murat, IPPF Regional Director for the East Southeast Oceania Region.

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