We at Partners In Health were distressed to learn of the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan and stand in sympathy and solidarity with the people of the Philippines. Our own experience working in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake showed us that poor and vulnerable citizens suffered disproportionately, and that disaster aid that utilizes local resources is the most effective for short-term relief and longer-term rebuilding.

We encourage international donors to support disaster relief organizations that are highly coordinated with the government of the Philippines and grassroots organizations that can provide local aid to relieve the emergency needs of the population— medical assistance, food, water, and shelter. Going forward, we encourage rebuilding efforts that focus on longer-term assistance for those who have the least.

Partners In Health is not actively involved in providing health care or disaster relief in the Philippines. If you would like to support disaster relief efforts there, may we direct you to Médecins Sans Frontières and the Red Cross.