Reeling from the disaster
Typhoon Rai was the strongest storm to make landfall in the Philippines in 2021, affecting 11 regions and 38 provinces. In the weeks after the typhoon, some of the worst-hit communities, home to an estimated population of more than 240,000 people and located in the remote Dinagat and Siargao islands, are still reeling. Hospitals and medical facilities have been damaged, and medical personnel are overwhelmed.
MSF has worked in the Philippines since 1984, with a history of responding to emergencies and natural disasters in the region in addition to providing ongoing tuberculosis care, mental health support, COVID-19 treatment, and treatment for non-communicable diseases. Following Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, MSF was one of the first responders, and our teams supported internally displaced people following the siege of Marawi City in 2017. When Typhoon Rai hit in December, MSF teams began performing assessments to determine where the greatest needs were, and what our teams could do to support.