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.
- Total population: 100 million
- After recovering from an economic downturn in 2004, the Philippines now rank as one of the most promising newly-industrialised countries, with its export economy moving away from agriculture to electronics, petroleum and other goods.
MAGNA concluded all its post-typhoon activities in the Philippines in 2015.
Opening of mission in the Philippines: 2013, immediately after the typhoon Haiyan
Areas of intervention: Eastern and northern part of Leyte island (Kananga, Palo, Tacloban, Palompon, Merida) and the northern part of the Cebu island (Daan Bantayan, San Remegio, Malapascua, Medelin)
Number of staff in the field: 91 (in 2014)
Bried Overview of the Crisis in the Philippines
Although endowed with many fine beaches and a growing tourism industry, much of the country is mountainous and prone to natural disasters. It is often hit by typhoons and other storms, the most damaging being the typhoon Haiyan in 2013.
How dis MAGNA help in Philippines?
By February 2015, the recovery activities put in place to support communities affected by the 2013 typhoon Haiyan had been concluded.
We ensured the distribution of material aid and provided psychosocial care to the inhabitants of the Cebu and Leyte islands (Palo, Tacloban and Kananga) and renewed two hospitals in Palo and Tacloban.
- Within 3 days, our crisis team provided families in the most affected areas of North Cebu with food packages and other aid such as blankets, sanitary kits and emergency shelters to families.
- We have helped up to 15,000 people who have not received any other 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 counseling meetings with both adolescents and adults in the three priority areas of the country.
- Overall, we have provided psychosocial support and psychosocial conscious humanitarian assistance to more than 82,843 people affected by typhoon.
- We have strengthened health services in rural areas. Specifically, we helped 13,387 people, 2,677 households and 5,355 children. Our work involved the reconstruction of two hospitals, to which we provided basic medical equipment.