Canada distributes humanitarian assistance for Filipinos affected by Typhoon Haiyan

November 19, 2013

OTTAWA – Since Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, Canada has responded quickly and efficiently to address escalating humanitarian needs. Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie announced how the $20 million Canada committed has been allocated to aid those in need.

"Canada continues to be deeply concerned for the people of the Philippines, who are in desperate need of assistance after the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan," said Minister Paradis. "Millions of people are struggling, and Canada's support is providing food, water, sanitation, emergency shelter, and protection to those affected."

The overall impact of Typhoon Haiyan is still emerging as responders continue to reach affected areas. Although assessment teams are providing an overview of humanitarian needs in accessible areas, logistical constraints have impeded full-scale rapid humanitarian assessments to date. Canada is doing its part to help those affected areas at the request of the Philippine government. The number of people affected is estimated to be as high as 13 million, of whom about 4 million are known to be displaced. Also, more than 1 million houses are reported to be damaged or destroyed.

"Canada is a leading player in the international response, something of which all Canadians can be proud," said Minister Paradis. "We continue to work through both Canadian and international partners to alleviate suffering and save lives across the country."

Canada committed $30,000 ahead of the typhoon to aid the Philippines in preparations. Immediately after the storm made landfall, on November 9, Canada announced an initial contribution of $5 million to aid those affected. Twenty-four hours later, in reaction to the unprecedented level of damage, Canada launched the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, which will match eligible donations by individual Canadians dollar for dollar. On November 11, Canada deployed elements of the Disaster Assistance Response Team to further support relief efforts. This was closely followed by the deployment of the Canadian Red Cross field hospital and a medical team. To address ongoing needs, Canada committed an additional $15 million as part of the relief fund on November 18, bringing Canada's total contribution to more than $20 million.

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Backgrounder

Today, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, outlined the details of the total commitment of $20 million:

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) – $2 million
Canada's support will help address the immediate needs of 500,000 typhoon-affected people through the provision of:

  • relief items (food packs, blankets, jerry cans, sleeping mats, hygiene kits, mosquito nets, unconditional cash) for 100,000 families (500,000 people);
  • emergency shelter (tents, tarps) needs for 60,000 families;
  • immediate health and psychosocial support needs of 100,000 affected families;
  • water and sanitation (rehabilitation of water and sanitation facilities, sanitation intervention— debris clearing, drainage and canal cleaning, emergency latrines, cooking areas, etc.) for typhoon-affected families;
  • shelter and settlement arrangements that will remain adequate until durable solutions are achieved for 50,000 families;
  • livelihood opportunities for 20,000 affected families; and
  • strengthened national society capacity to deliver sustainable services.

International Organization for Migration (IOM) – $2 million
Canada's support will help address the immediate camp coordination and camp management needs of nearly 450,000 typhoon-affected people by:

  • enhancing the existing evacuation centres (identification, coordination, management support, rehabilitation of centres, ensuring minimum living conditions and accurate information sharing) for nearly 450,000 typhoon-affected people;
  • collecting and sharing information through the International Organization for Migration's Displacement Tracking Matrix;
  • providing lifesaving essential household items and shelter kits to the affected communities;
  • facilitating access to basic health services, medical supplies, and medicines, as well as to health referrals in coordination with health cluster partners;
  • providing psychosocial support in evacuation centres and displacement sites; and
  • acting as lead coordinator for the camp coordination and camp management  cluster.

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – $4 million
Canada's support will help address immediate food assistance to 2.5 million typhoon-affected people and logistical support to the humanitarian relief operations through the provision of:

  • immediate emergency food distribution for 2.5 million people (including immediate distribution of 1,000 tonnes of high-energy biscuits); and
  • establishing four mobile storage units for Tacloban and equipment to support the augmentation of logistics capacity in Cebu.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) – $3 million
Canada's support will help address the emergency water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, child protection, and psychosocial support needs of 450,000 typhoon-affected people through the provision of:

  • safe water, basic sanitation and hygiene promotion for 450,000 typhoon-affected people;
  • child protection services for nearly 300,000 girls and boys affected by the typhoon to prevent and respond to all forms of abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect toward children, including all forms of gender-based violence and trafficking;
  • emergency nutrition activities for 160,000 girls and boys, including setting up emergency infant and young child feeding centres and therapeutic feeding centres;
  • psychosocial support services to displaced preschool and school-age children, and set up adequate and safe learning spaces for 285,000 boys and girls; and
  • support the Government of the Philippines in the recovery process for typhoon-affected communities through the coordination of the water, sanitation and hygiene cluster and the nutrition cluster.

United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) – $800,000
Canada's support will help meet the health needs of an estimated 660,000 displaced people by the typhoon through:

  • delivering care for those with injuries to prevent complications such as infection, tetanus, and disability to 660,000 people displaced by the typhoon;
  • delivering essential medicines and medical supplies to affected populations;
  • increasing the provision of and access to essential health services (i.e. medical/surgical consultations, reproductive health, mental health, psychosocial support, health promotion, immunization);
  • strengthening disease surveillance and outbreak control;
  • strengthening the referral system from community health facilities to higher levels of care;
  • providing support to systematic immunization for vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks;
  • establishing temporary health facilities/services and/or repairing/rehabilitating damaged health facilities;
  • providing support to information management and to the coordination of the health sector response.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) – $200,000
Canada's support will help the OCHA coordinate the humanitarian relief operations in cooperation with the Government of the Philippines and other humanitarian partners through:

  • establishing coordination hubs to support the Government of the Philippines and the humanitarian country team (HCT);
  • the HCT, upon the request of the Government of the Philippines, supporting the authorities to orient local actors on the cluster system;
  • providing information products, such as situation reports;
  • establishing mechanisms to improve two-way communication between the humanitarian community and the affected people; and
  • an enhanced analysis of context affecting vulnerability.

CARE Canada – $1 million
Canada's support will help provide:

  • emergency shelter for as many as 20,000 typhoon-affected people in Leyte province, especially women and children.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada – $1 million
Canada's support will help provide emergency health care to as many as 200,000 typhoon-affected people in Tacloban City, northern Cebu, and eastern Samar, among other affected areas, to be determined based on ongoing assessment through the provision of:

  • secondary health services provided through a fully equipped field hospital;
  • services provided for the management, stabilization, and referral of wounded, sick, and traumatized people especially women and children;
  • 1,000 temporary shelters; and
  • essential household items.

Oxfam Canada – $1.5 million
Canada's support will help provide safe water and sanitation facilities to 42,500 typhoon-affected people (8,500 families) in Samar province through the provision of:

  • water and hygiene kits distributed to 8,500 families;
  • 400 communal latrines with water facilities;
  • mobile water treatment units with generator sets and fuel, and mass water-storage units;
  • hygiene promotion carried out on a safe water chain; prevention of diarrhea; and maintenance of water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities;
  • general debris clean-up conducted through cash-for-work initiatives;
  • 20 communal environmental cleaning kits;
  • water district support in restoring at least three water systems;
  • 600 toilets repaired in locations such as schools, gymnasium, barangay (district) hall, or multipurpose halls used as evacuation centres; and
  • water, sanitation, and hygiene committees formed to carry out hygiene promotion sessions and provided with operation and maintenance training.

Plan Canada – $1.5 million
Canada's support will help provide emergency shelter, safe drinking water, essential household items, and health and hygiene sensitization to 57,500 typhoon-affected people in Leyte province through the provision of:

  • 6,000 emergency family shelter kits to benefit 32,500 individuals;
  • 11,300 essential household items kits;
  • 11,300 safe drinking and water kits; and
  • health and hygiene sensitization conducted alongside distribution activities to promote healthy hygiene practices and appropriate water treatment/storage, and to mitigate against disease outbreak.

Save the Children Canada – $1 million
Canada's support will help provide critical water, sanitation and hygiene, education, and child-protection services to approximately 21,150 typhoon-affected people in Leyte province and Roxas city, Capiz province, through the provision of:

  • water and hygiene kits for as many as 15,000 people;
  • water-quality monitoring conducted to ensure minimum standards using on-site portable testing kits;
  • as many as 3,000 essential household item kits;
  • temporary latrines repaired or constructed with handwashing and bathing facilities for as many as 3,000 people;
  • as many as 20 temporary learning spaces established for as many as 3,000 early learners and schoolchildren; and
  • as many as 20 child-friendly spaces established in selected villages, benefiting as many as 1,500 children, and creating child-protection committees and access to psychosocial support.

World Vision Canada –$2 million
Canada's support will help provide emergency temporary essential household items, essential hygiene items, and psychosocial support for children and women among 50,000 people in the regions of Leyte, including Tacloban city, Samar, Capiz, including Roxas city, Iloilo, Aklan, and northern Cebu, through the provision of:

  • temporary shelter supplies to 5,000 households;
  • essential household items to 10,000 families;
  • essential hygiene items to 10,000 people;
  • access to psychosocial support for 17,500 vulnerable children and their mothers through child-friendly spaces, and women and infant-friendly spaces

Canada's support to date

Today, the Government of Canada outlined the details of the $20 million in support of humanitarian organizations striving to meet the needs of the people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Emergency relief activities will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water and sanitation, health care, protection and other essential services.

This humanitarian assistance is in addition to the following announcements made by the Government of Canada since the beginning of the international relief effort on November 8, 2013: