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New Emergency Aid for Typhoon Survivors in the Philippines

Source: AmeriCares - Tue, 8 Jan 2013 15:33 GMT
Author: AmeriCares
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To help survivors of Typhoon Bopha, the most powerful storm to hit the Philippines in the past year, AmeriCares has sent two new medical aid shipments: Emergency Air Shipment: More than two thousand pounds of medical aid and relief supplies including antibiotics, gastrointestinal medicines, wound care supplies and nutritional supplements was sent to our partner, the Sovereign Order of Malta, on January 6. The shipment will be distributed to response partners helping families in hard-hit Mindanao Island and the Davao region. Emergency Medical Module: Arriving in the Philippines from our Amsterdam warehouse on January 7 for the International Organization for Migration, the module includes crucial medicines and supplies to help local health facilities replace dwindling stocks. The module contains enough medical aid to provide primary care 15,000 patients for three months. ${esc.dollar}15,000 flash grant The shipments are the most recent in an ongoing response to the deadly typhoon. The storm slammed southern region of the Philippines with high wind and rain on December 3, killing 1,000 people, displacing another 900,000, and causing widespread flooding and destruction. AmeriCares immediately awarded ${esc.dollar}15,000 in emergency funding to help provide food, blankets, soap, shampoo and other personal care items for 1,000 families displaced by the disaster. "Nearly one million people have been displaced and need assistance," said AmeriCares Vice President of Emergency Response Garrett Ingoglia. "This emergency aid will help families recovering from this tragic disaster." About 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year, often causing death and destruction. Long before Bopha struck, AmeriCares worked with partners to be ready for disaster. Earlier in 2012, AmeriCares launched a global pre-positioning initiative, enabling quick response to Tropical Storm Saola in August, 2012. In December, 2011, AmeriCares collaborated with partners to help thousands of victims of Tropical Storm Washi.

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