Philippines - Typhoon Haiyan
- © CBM/John Javellana
CBM and partners' response to Typhoon Haiyan - locally known as Yolanda - which struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. We are working to ensure that persons with disabilities are not forgotten.
Now, we have moved our focus from emergency relief to recovery activities. These include addressing Community Mental Health/psychosocial needs and promoting disability inclusive reconstruction.
- The Age and Disability Focal Points (ADFPs) have completed almost 1000 referrals, including people with disabilities in mainstream shelter, health, education, livelihood, and (Water, sanitation and hygiene) services, as well as providing specific services such as assistive devices (e.g. wheelchairs)
- Further shelter plans, which will provide typhoon resilient, accessible houses with essential WASH services for 100 families (approx. 600 people), are in progress
- Read more in the Typhoon Haiyan One Year Report (Accessible PDF, ~ 1.9MB)
- As part of the Age and Disability Task Force (ADTF), CBM will support a short-term project promoting accessibility, providing support to local authorities in ensuring inclusive build back safer reconstruction
- Latest figures show that 4886 people have been interviewed in the ADFP mapping process, 2232 (46%) of whom are persons with disabilities, and links have been made with a total of 5 International NGOs and 16 Philippines NGOs
- Community Mental Health project underway in Iloilo and Samar provinces with overall objective ‘Sustained inclusion of persons with disabilities into communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan through increased access to effective community based mental health care services’
- CBM and partners are continuing with recovery and reconstruction initiatives, including rebuilding schools and houses (with an emphasis on strength, permanence and accessibility).
- We are also heavily involved in an Age and Disability Task Force (ADTF) together with other international NGOs and local organisations to ensure persons with disabilities and older people access mainstream services, as well as receiving the specialist support they need.
- With partner 'ADPI' CBM are now working with government, other organisations and communities to set up ‘Age and Disability Focal Points’ to link people with disabilities and older people with mainstream opportunities providing food, shelter and livelihood opportunities, and also with specialist opportunities, e.g. creating access to assistive devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers, prostheses, spectacles and to eye, ear, orthopaedic and mental health interventions.
Teaming up with key partners
- We are supporting persons with disabilities and their organisations as they actively address the most immediate needs
- We are coordinating our efforts with international organisations such as the WHO, UN, HelpAge International and Handicap International to make sure our common responses are harmonious, efficient and disability inclusive
Our common objective - leave no one behind
CBM is now working on the next phase of recovery, ensuring that reconstruction efforts will be inclusive. It is crucial to ‘build back better’, ensuring accessibility is considered and that persons with disabilities will be active players in making their community more resilient.
Typhoon Haiyan response - Short video clips
Typhoon Haiyan response - Stories