Heart to Heart Readies Aid for Typhoon Hagupit Relief

Super Typhoon Hagupit (named Ruby in the Philippines) is poised to slam into the Philippines leaving a path of destruction and affecting the lives of millions in its path.

Hagupit Ruby track 5dec14

Many of the thousands of people we helped a year ago will be impacted by this new powerful storm.

Exactly one year ago, Heart to Heart International led teams of medical volunteers to the Philippines to provide aid and comfort for thousands of people affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.  Heart to Heart also shipped nearly 50 tons of relief supplies, food and medical aid to help those in need, in our largest airlift in six years.

We are following the progress of Hagupit/Ruby very closely, and are already in contact with trusted partners in the Philippines, preparing to provide whatever aid we can in the aftermath of Hagupit/Ruby.

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Mapping Relief in the Philippines

Central PI MapFor more than a month Heart to Heart International (HHI) has provided aid to the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).  First with an HHI Advance Team, and then with two dozen medical volunteers – doctors and nurses – who have come from across the USA, and have worked as small mobile medical teams.

They’ve been to numerous locations in the hardest struck areas of the central Philippines.  Places that you’ve heard of on the news, and other places you haven’t.  As you see on the map above, they’ve been focused on communities and villages on two islands – Leyte & Samar; around Ormoc City; and Tacloban, the city ravaged by the typhoon.

Treating PatientsOur Advance Team and these volunteers have treated more than 2,000 patients since arriving in the Philippines.

Dan Neal, HHI’s Director of Global Logistics, just returned stateside from the disaster zone: “We’re seeing people who were injured in the storm or have who have developed injuries/illnesses because of the living conditions after the storm – particularly upper respiratory issues and asthma, puncture wounds and cuts from nails and sheet metal, and malaria from being exposed to mosquitos.  We are also seeing many of the conditions being treated did not result from the storm.  Various chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes were impacting people before the storm and now their normal access to health care has been disrupted because the clinic is destroyed or the health care staff are not available.”

To access previous posts about HHI’s Typhoon Relief Operations in the Philippines: click here, here and here.
And to read reports from our Advance Team click Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

Aid Reaches Those in Need in the Philippines

Ray & Zeus feature size 16:9While many spent the long Thanksgiving weekend in the U.S. with family and friends, and getting into the swing of the holiday season, in the Philippines… HHI staff and volunteers continued to provide medical care and deliver aid to those in need, like Ray and his son Zeus in the photo above.

As of this writing, it’s been nearly a month since Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the central Philippines.  In that time Heart to Heart International’s Advance Team and medical volunteers have held clinics in several locations in the typhoon zone on Leyte Island and Samar Island, seeing hundreds of patients for a variety of ailments.

As we wrote about in a previous post, we’ve also shipped more than 44 tons of aid containing food, shelter supplies, medicine, medical equipment and Heart to Heart Care Kits.  Those Care Kits are now in the hands of the people who need them.  Check out a few photos of what you made happen!

 

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