Typhoon Haiyan Sparks Potential Health Crisis in the Philippines

Photo: 2013 Reuters/Erin De Castro

Photo: 2013 Reuters/Erin De Castro

The devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan is estimated to affect more than 4.2 million people, primarily in the Philippines. The storm, which according to some estimates was three and a half times the size of Hurricane Katrina, is creating a humanitarian and health crisis throughout the region, with large populations left without aid and electricity for days. As news continues to come out of the Philippines, we will have a better sense of the size and scale of the devastation.  A recent CNN article provides a good overview of the health impact so far.

Many GHC members are active on the ground in the Philippines helping to support humanitarian and health efforts. GHC will continue to monitor the health impact of the typhoon and post relevant stories here.

In addition, GHC will be highlighting the work of its members on the ground and ways in which you can support their work through twitter. Please follow us at twitter handle @globalhealthorg for the latest.

Global Impact – host of the GHC Secretariat – has set up a disaster fund and text to give campaign to support many of its charities that are helping with the humanitarian relief efforts. For more information about the fund, please see this Global Impact press release for more details. If you would like to support those in need with a $5 donation, text “impact” to 20222.