STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford-based AmeriCares has sent more than $7.4 million in aid to help the survivors to the Philippines in the wake of the typhoon.
In the months since Typhoon Haiyan struck, AmeriCares has sent aid to help meet the immediate needs of survivors and restore primary health care, partnering with other organizations to distribute emergency aid to evacuees, coordinate relief deliveries and restore and expand health services.
AmeriCares is teaming with partner Engender Health to support the rehabilitation of seven typhoon-damaged health facilities in Leyte, a press release said. AmeriCares is also teaming with International Organization for Migration to restore and expand health services in Capiz province on Panay Island.
“The Philippines Department of Health estimates that as many as 2,500 health facilities sustained damage in the storm, leaving many survivors with little or no access to basic health services,” said Garrett Ingoglia, vice president of emergency response at AmeriCares, in the release. “By funding the rehabilitation and expansion of health facilities, we are helping to re-establish primary care in the hardest-hit areas.”
The aid, along with our previous aid shipments, will help address shortages of medicine and ensure medical professionals are equipped to treat survivors in the most devastated areas, representatives said.
The typhoon, known as Yolanda, hit the nation on Nov. 8, and is considered one of the strongest storms on record.