Philippines

From January to March 2022, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) mounted an emergency response in Dinagat Island Province and the outlying islands of Surigao City, in the southern Philippines which were severely affected by Typhoon Rai (locally named Odette) in December 2021.  Over two months, MSF teams...
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) emergency teams will start providing medical and humanitarian assistance to communities on the remote islands of Dinagat, Siargao and other outlying areas, some of the worst affected by Typhoon Rai (local name: Odette), which struck the...
On 1 November, one of the strongest typhoons in 2020 struck the Philippines. Goni, or Rolly as it’s known in the Philippines, caused widespread damage throughout the Bicol region, particularly Catanduanes and Albay provinces, around 300 km south-east of Manila. Just before it made landfall, Goni...
When the number of patients with confirmed COVID-19 began to rise in March 2020, the Philippines quickly put in place strict community quarantine measures. As of July 2020, there has been no local transmission in the southern city of Marawi, showing how these measures appear to have contributed to...

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) overwhelms some of the world’s most advanced health systems, our teams are adapting our activities to aid those most at risk.

It’s been a year since the eruption of a devastating conflict between the Philippines’ army and insurgents, which lasted five months. MSF is committed to rebuilding primary health structures in a heavily destroyed city – while supporting those still unable to come home. A view of Marawi City’s ‘...
The first surprise was the sheer size of the attack on Marawi City by pro- Islamic State fighters. 
 
The crisis since – with 360,000 people displaced, and heavy combat into its fifth month – is equally unprecedent
“We see them on TV, those who die young because of a cancer in the uterus,” Mary Jane explains, her youngest daughter wriggling in her lap while her other daughter and niece sit beside her. Together with 325,000 other people, she lives among the informal settlements of Tondo that cling to the docks...
Typhoon Haiyan, which ripped through the Philippines on 8 th November 2013, was one of the worst storms in recorded history, claiming 6,300 lives and displacing over 4 million people. As one of the world's foremost providers of emergency relief, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) had dispatched teams...
What is the situation at the moment? Typhoon Hagupit made landfall at approximately 9.15pm yesterday evening in the city of Dolores in eastern Samar. Dolores is a big city but it is not as dense as Tacloban, which as we saw last year was devastated when typhoon Haiyan hit. So far we don't have much...
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