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More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of its fast-growing population – now more than 100 million people – lives on just 11 of them.

Country Facts

  • Total population: 100 million
  • Affected population: 4.1 million

MAGNA intervention

MAGNA concluded all its activities to aid Typhoon Haiyan in 2015.

  • Opening of Philippines mission: 2013, immediately after Typhoon Haiyan
  • Areas of intervention: Eastern and northern part of Leyte Island (Kananga, Palo, Tacloban, Palompon, and Merida) and northern part of Cebu Island (Daan Bantayan, San Remegio, Malapascua, and Medelin)
  • Number of staff in the field: 91 (in 2014)

Brief Overview of the Crisis in the Philippines

Although the Philippines is a sought-after tourist destination, much of the country is mountainous and prone to such natural disasters as typhoons and other storms. The most damaging was Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

Why we are in the Philippines

  • Natural disaster
  • Collapse of health care system
  • Displaced people

Our Philippines intervention

In February 2015, we concluded activities to support communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

We ensured the distribution of material aid and provided psychosocial care to the inhabitants of the islands Cebu and Leyte (Palo, Tacloban and Kananga) and renovated two hospitals in Palo and Tacloban.

  • Within 3 days, our crisis team provided families in the worst-affected areas of North Cebu with food packages and other aid such as blankets, sanitary kits, and emergency shelters. We helped as many as 15,000 people who had not yet received any humanitarian assistance.
  • In 2013 alone, we provided mental and psychosocial care to more than 3,367 people in need. We worked with 736 children of different ages, in schools in three priority areas. We provided psychosocial support not only to children and their families, but also to 150 teachers and other staff.
  • We performed a total of 711 individual psychological first aid sessions. We held a total of 612 basic counselling meetings with both adolescents and adults in the three priority areas of the country.
  • Overall, we provided psychosocial support and conscious psychosocial humanitarian assistance to more than 82,843 people affected by the typhoon.
  • We reinforced rural health services. Specifically, we helped 13,387 people, 2,677 households, and 5,355 children. Our work involved the reconstruction of two hospitals, which we provided with basic medical equipment.
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