Humanitarian Health Action

Philippines media and news releases


WHO supports Philippine Department of Health to respond to Typhoon Ruby

11 December 2014, Manila. As the country braced for typhoon Ruby, World Health Organization prepositioned with the Department of Health medical supplies and equipment including satellite phones for an immediate response. “Although the typhoon was weaker than typhoon Haiyan, it has still impacted families and health systems across the several regions. With the flooding, damaged health facilities, and mulitple evacuation centers, there are a number of public health risks which will need to be addressed over the coming weeks." said the WHO Country Representative in the Philippines Dr Julie Hall.

Bohol Earthquake: One year on

15 October 2014 - On this day last year, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter Scale shook the Philippines. The epicentre was located in the island province of Bohol in Central Visayas but was felt as far as Southern Mindanao. Less than a month later, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) swept through central Visayas. Although it did not cause significant damage on the island of Bohol, it had a strong impact on the emergency response. Many government and international humanitarian resources were moved from Bohol to address the health needs caused by Haiyan which in turn delayed the speed of the recovery in Bohol.


News releases

Super typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on 8 November 2013. Storm surges caused damages to 44 provinces, on 25 islands in Central Philippines. The immediate priorities for the Health Cluster currently remain the management of the direct effects of the disaster including trauma care for the wounded, essential primary and secondary care, including medical, surgical and obstetric emergencies and management of dead bodies.


Conflict, flooding pose health risks in the Philippines

7 September 2009 -- Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people on the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced and face multiple health risks. In the current episode of our podcast, we focus on how WHO is working to respond to the enormous health challenges faced by many.

WHO Statement and funding request


MANILA/GENEVA—Battered by conflict and flooding, hundreds of thousands of people in the southern Philippines island of Mindanao have been displaced from their homes and face multiple health risks, including malnutrition, diarrhoea, respiratory illness and psychosocial trauma. “Urgent financial and material support is needed to strengthen the health response to this humanitarian crisis and reduce the suffering so many people are facing,” said Dr Soe Nyunt-U, the World Health Organization's representative to the Philippines.