Super Typhoon Haiyan is one of the strongest cyclones to ever make landfall. Nearly 9.5 million people in the region have been impacted, including the almost 620,000 who have fled their homes. Haiyan left a path of destruction, with winds nearing 200 mph producing a storm surge with waves taller than coconut trees that wiped out entire villages. The storm is estimated to have destroyed up to 80 percent of buildings in its path in the provinces of Samar and Leyte. Much of the area is without power. Tragically, thousands of people died in the provincial capital of Tacloban alone, with more feared dead in outlying areas.
This has made the possiblity of bringing aid to hardest-hit communities extremely difficult, but absolutely critical. Officials are very concerned about a lack of basic necessities and the potential for widespread dysentery caused by unclean water and poor sanitation. Even water from normally reliable pumps has been compromised, and there are reports of desperate victims mobbing trucks loaded with food, tents, and water on the Tanauan Bridge in Leyte, Philippines.
Food, water, and medicine are clearly among the greatest needs. The AAFP Foundation can help with your support.
Your AAFP Foundation helps those in need at home and around the world. During times of disaster, your Foundation ensures timely and effective aid by working with partner organizations specializing in rapid-response, on-the-ground support.
In giving to your AAFP Foundation, you are assured that your dollars are going directly to provide health care, clean water and infection control in this devastated area. Our partner relief agencies, Heart to Heart International and International Medical Corps are mobilizing efforts to bring aid to the region, and International Medical Corps already has a team on-the-ground in the Philippines. Both of our partner organizations are working to provide food, water, and medicine to the hardest hit areas as quickly as possible.
Heart to Heart International is a global humanitarian organization that works to improve health and to respond to the needs of disaster victims worldwide. They offer a wide range of disaster and non-disaster volunteer opportunities both domestically and internationally, including short- and long-term volunteering and service opportunities.
International Medical Corps (IMC)
IMC is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. It offers a range of disaster and non-disaster volunteer opportunities. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, IMC is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, and nonsectarian organization.
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Jeffrey J. Cain, MD, FAAFP