In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan which devastated parts of the Philippines last Friday, Dr. Khare plans to leave tomorrow with Clarion Global Response to help aid affected communities in the city of Tacloban, where the Philippines was hit the hardest.
“I have been asked to volunteer in Tacloban. Our plan is to focus and assist in Tacloban, which suffered the worst destruction. This week, they need support to provide clean water, food and medical supplies to Tacloban. They also need medical help.”
Please visit his blogsite HERE to read more and feel free to check in as we will be providing more updates on the response at large.
Updates on the overall response (latest UN OCHA Situation Report here)
- Access, fuel and logistics are still the greatest challenges with fuel shortages in Tacloban but logistics centers now exist in Tacloban City, Guiuan and Ormoc City. Roads are still very congested, the Tacloban airport is delayed and fuel is very limited in Tacloban.
- There are now 11.8 million people affected and 921,212 people displaced, with a reported 4,460 deaths
- Health– According to the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health of the Philippines Government “WASH (water, sanitation & hygeine) facilities, measles vaccination campaigns and restoration of cold chain facilities are priorities.” There is a functioning hospital in Ormoc City and vaccinations are ongoing. Medical Teams; “Staff is coordinating three medical teams in Tacloban and one in Medellin, which are delivering outpatient emergency care, pediatric and primary health care; 16 medical teams are en route to affected areas.
- Q& A from Oxfam New Zealand- a good resources on frequently asked questions- read here
The Philippines Government response
Why is does it take so long for aid supplies to reach the Philippines?
Not enough aid has arrived in the first five days
How is the response being coordinated?
What can be done to speed up the humanitarian relief?
Should you be doing airdrops by helicopters or airplanes?