Typhoon Haiyan Humanitarian Assistance
Project HOPE implemented the Practical Obstetrics Multi-Professional Training (PROMPT) program in 2015. This three-year plan provides technical assistance to eight medical and training hospitals. The multi-professional teams – composed of OB consultants, anesthesiologists, OB residents, nurses and midwives – are better able to respond to obstetrical emergencies. The goal of the program is reduced maternal and infant mortality and birth-related injuries.
In April 2014 Project HOPE launched a three-year Maternal, Neonatal, Child Health and Nutrition Project aimed at reducing maternal, neonatal and infant morbidity and mortality. The strategies of this program include outreach to men, women and youth with unmet need for family planning and strengthening the quality of maternal health services. The program is showing strong results, including more than a 60 percent increase in pregnant women, infants, children under 5 years old and their mothers who accessed health services and an 82 percent increase of pregnant and postpartum women who received counseling by health workers. There has also been a 33 percent increase in pregnant women participating in four or more prenatal visits; a 20 percent increase in pregnant women given complete iron with folic acid supplementation; and a two-fold increase in infants exclusively breastfed until 6 months.
When Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) struck the Philippines in November 2013, Project HOPE responded quickly, sending much needed medicines, supplies and medical volunteers. In the seven months following the typhoon, Project HOPE sent more than 80 medical volunteers to badly damaged sites in Capiz and Cebu Province. In Cebu, Project HOPE also rebuilt damaged health infrastructure and strengthened health systems in the geographically remote Camotes Islands by hiring Filipino health professionals. Since November 2013, HOPE has shipped more than $24 million of medicines, vaccines (including MMR) and medical supplies, which have helped more than 270,000 patients.
Project HOPE medical volunteers also participated in humanitarian assistance missions to the Philippines in partnership with the United States Navy in 2012 and 2014.
It’s been three years since Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines. Project HOPE offered immediate support.
The vaccines were distributed to hospitals and clinics throughout the Philippines. Some of the locations that received the MMR II vaccine were Manila, Pasay City and the Central and Eastern Visayas region.