Responding to Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan has affected more than 10 million people in the Philippines, leaving hundreds of thousands of people displaced, and in urgent need of food, safe water, and medical care.
The Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), in a close collaboration with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is deploying a medical team to support the on-going relief efforts by the Philippine Red Cross Society.
Response of JRCS
1. Distribution of Relief Goods
JRCS, at the request of the IFRC, sent Mr. Hajime Matsunaga to the Philippines on 13th November, 2013 as a member of Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) for one month. He will be managing relief items distribution for the affected people in need of urgent help.
* Field Assessment and Coordination Team:
The team is set up as one of the IFRC emergency response schemes, to conduct timely and effective emergency activities in case of large-scale disasters. Well-trained specialists are immediately sent to the affected areas in the case of natural disasters, in order to quickly assess the gravity of damage and emergency needs. As a result of the assessment, the team formulates an action plan and reports it to the IFRC.
2. Dispatch of ERU
In a response to the super-typhoon Haiyan, the JRCS formed its Basic Health Care Emergency Response Unit (ERU), consisting of 13 medical and administrative staff. On 13th November, 2013, the advance team was dispatched to Manila to obtain hands-on information. Other members left for the Philippines on 17th and 19th.
*Basic Health Care Emergency Response Unit (BHC ERU) is composed of medical doctors, nurses, administrative staff and other members. The team will focus on health and medical activities for 4 months at maximum. The team has ability to accomplish their mission without any external support since it carries necessary equipment and items such as food, water purifiers, tents, generators, etc..
- The team conducted assessment Dannbantayan, Cebu. Approximately 7 tons of medical equipment to be used by BHC ERU was delivered to the Philippines on the 19th November provided by Kumamoto Red Cross Hospital. Vehicles, water purifiers and medicine have already arrived in the Philippines.
- According to Dr. Otsu, the team leader, suppuration and infection because of injury, disease of respiratory system and diarrhea are major symptoms reported so far. In addition, Dr. Otsu expressed concern about expansion of dengue fever and increase of schistosome. Moreover, maternity care and psychological support are also needed.
- The team is now setting up a clinic in Daanbantayan, Northern Cebu where 90 per cent of buildings have been badly affected by the typhoon. Those who lost their homes have no choice but to spend days and nights gathering with relatives and friends in a partially destroyed house waiting for supports. Since water system was damaged, they are fetching drinking water from old wells or spring. This area has only one hospital with 3 medical doctors who take shifts. Thus, there is only one doctor on duty at a time. Since the local people do not have enough knowledge on hygiene, the JRCS will offer not only medical services but also hygiene and sanitation education for the community.
[The members of BHC ERU]
- Team Leader:
- Dr. Satoko Otsu (Japanese Red Cross Wakayama Medical Center)
- Dr. Aleth Abidine (French Red Cross)
- Dr. Nicholas Williams (Australian Red Cross)
- Ms. Miho Sekizuka (Japanese Red Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital)
- Ms. Mika Yapp (JapaneseRed Cross Nagoya Daini Hospital)
- Psychosocial support experts:
- Mr. Reo Morimitsu (Japanese Red Cross Suwa Hospital)
- Community health experts:
- Mr. Kevin Hung (Hong Kong Read Cross)
- Technical Staff:
- Mr. Yasuhiro Soshino (Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital)
- Mr. Yukichi Yamashita (Japanese Red Cross)
- Ms. Naoko Ishibashi (Japanese Red Cross)
- Technical Staff:
- Mr. Kosuke Mizoguchi (Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Hospital)
- Mr. Yoshikazu Tanaka (Japanese Red Cross Kumamoto Chapter)
- Mr. Yoriaki Horiguchi (Japanese Red Cross)
3. Donation to the emergency activities in the Philippines
JRCS has opened an account for emergency relief donations to support survivors of the Typhoon Haiyan. Your generous support is highly appreciated.
(Through the Post Office Account)
Local post offices/Yuhcho banks
Account Number: 00110-2-5606
Account Name: Japanese Red Cross Society
Opening Period: 12 November 2013 - 28 February 2014
*Please make sure to write "for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan 2013" in a blank space on a remittance sheet.
JRCS Headquarters Organizational Development Department