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Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

Maya, Daanbantayan, Cebu

On November 8, 2013, a devastating hurricane, Typhoon Haiyan, hit the Philippines leaving thousands dead, injured, and homeless. According to the United Nations and the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, approximately 11.5 million people were affected by this massive typhoon. In response to this tragedy, Mayano Ochi, Josh Schiller, and Danny Lu led a group of nurses, doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare personnel to provide medical care to those most affected. With the help of the Parish of Isidro Labrador, we set up a temporary clinic in a church in Maya, Daanbantayan and saw 982 patients (606 adults, 376 children) in 3.5 days.

Some conditions encountered:

  • Upper respiratory tract infection
  • Severe chronic hypertension
  • Acute dehydration 
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic pain stemmed from manual labor
  • Women's health issues
  • Skin infections and wounds

In addition, we educated patients on important health issues such as hypertension, sexual health and how to treat dehydration. Donations of basic medical supplies such as gauze, bandaids, ACE bandages, and beta-dine solution were given to the local school and health clinic.