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.
For 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 yousee 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.
Our 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.”
While 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!