What Canada's partners are doing to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan

Canada's support has made it possible for the Canadian Red Cross to respond to emergency health needs by:

  • deploying a medical team and an emergency field hospital. The hospital is a self-contained general health and medical clinic with facilities for surgeries and vaccinations
  • focusing on in-patient and ongoing health care, particularly maternity and pediatric care
  • admitting more than 450 patients to the hospital and carrying out more than 150 deliveries and 50 surgeries
  • training 28 staff from the local Ormoc District Hospital in basic cardiac life support and infant resuscitation
IFRCInternational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)

Canada's support has helped the IFRC, in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross, address the immediate needs of typhoon-affected people through the provision of:

  • more than 157,000 dry food packages and 39,000 hot meals that reached more than  700,000 people
  • assistance to some 26,000 people to restore family links and provide psychosocial support
  • as many as 19,000 hygiene kits and activities that promote health and hygiene
  • up to 1,790,000 litres of water through 26 water stations in and around Tacloban

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Canada's support has helped IOM to address the needs of those displaced by the typhoon by:

  • ensuring that essential services are available at evacuation centres (currently numbering 431 and providing temporary shelter to more than 22,000 people) and distributing emergency shelter items
  • delivering 5,000 plastic sheets, iron sheeting and other non-food item kits to Tacloban to assist more than 70,000 people
  • providing 30,000 bedrolls and 60,000 blankets for evacuation centres in Tacloban, Roxas City, and Ormoc
  • distributing 5,800 emergency shelter kits and 15,000 non-food items in municipalities located in Guiuan, Tacloban, Ormoc and Roxas

Canada’s support has helped OCHA coordinate the humanitarian relief operations in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines and other humanitarian partners through:

  • ensuring a coordinated approach by all humanitarian partners to meet humanitarian needs in a coherent and effective manner
  • coordinating the Multi-sector Initial Rapid Assessment (MIRA) to identify priority needs (such as food assistance, water, shelter, etc.)
  • publishing and disseminating up-to-date information of the evolving needs and  response on the ground

Canada's support has helped UNICEF to address the needs of typhoon affected people through the provision of:

  • essential medicines for 90,000 people in Roxas, Ormoc, and Tacloban
  • hygiene kits to more than 100,000 affected  individuals
  • water kits, water treatment products, bladders and home storage containers for more than  360,500 people in the affected regions
  • technical support to restore a water treatment plant in Tacloban to full operating capacity, providing at least 200,000 people with access to clean drinking water
  • expertise to assist in the areas of child protection, education, and  nutrition in Manila, Cebu City, Roxas City, Tacloban, and Bohol
  • a total of 52 temporary learning spaces, benefiting more than 10,000 children

Canada's support has helped WFP meet emergency food assistance needs and assist with the logistics of the overall response by providing:

  • some 6,390 mt of rice, 237mt of high-energy biscuits and 8 mt of specialized  nutrition  products to almost 2 million people, including vulnerable children and mothers
  • access to emergency telecommunications and storage spaces to the humanitarian community in Tacloban, Cebu City, Busuanga, and Roxas City
  • six logistics hubs in Cebu, Ormoc, Tacloban, Borongan, Catbologan, and Guiuan

Canada's support has helped WHO meet the immediate health needs of those affected by the typhoon, by:

  • providing medicine, medical supplies, and equipment to functioning health facilities, and supporting the government in coordinating all health-related aspects of the emergency response
  • setting up heath cluster hubs in Cebu, Manila, Ormoc, Roxas and Tacloban
  • shipping medicine and supplies to cover the basic health needs of 120,000 people for one month, as well as supplies to perform 400 surgical interventions to Tacloban city
  • sending four diarrheal disease kits with medicine and supplies to Tacloban, which will be used to treat 3,000 people with cases of acute diarrhea
  • vaccinating 6,500 children younger than the age of 5 for measles and 7,500 for polio in Tacloban, Samar and Leyte to limit the high risk of infectious diseases
  • coordinating the distribution of more than 72 tonnes of medicine and supplies to support the relief effort