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02 Apr 2019 description

By Leena Reikko, IFRC

For the past several weeks, the Philippine Red Cross emergency healthcare unit in the Philippines have been tending to the youngest of patients, children and babies coughing with fever, and whose bodies and faces are covered in red rashes. In early February, the local authorities declared a measles outbreak and since then 355 people have died, most of them children under 5 years of age.

But these patients are not the only ones at risk. Mothers treating their children in hospitals are now threatened by the same virus.

14 Mar 2019 description

Manila / Kuala Lumpur / Geneva, 14 March 2019 - An estimated 3.7 million children under five in the Philippines are at risk during a measles outbreak that has already claimed 286 lives, most of them children or babies, the Red Cross is warning.

08 Mar 2019 description

As a measure to curb the continuous increase of measles cases in the country, the Philippine Red Cross has begun to vaccinate children in Olongapo City.

The latest mass vaccination drive carries more significance as it also commences PRC’s community-based measles control program in Central Luzon, in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and local health units.

PRC, under the leadership of Chairman Richard Gordon, has been working closely with DOH to counter the immunization gap in the Philippines.

07 Mar 2019 description

Manila/Kuala Lumpur/Geneva, 7 March 2019 – Children in the Philippines are at serious risk of a deadly measles outbreak that has already claimed the lives of 261 people, most of whom are youngsters under age five, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned today.

06 Mar 2019 description

This appeal seeks a total amount of CHF 2 million to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support Philippines Red Cross (PRC) to respond to the current measles outbreaks across the Philippines from March until September 2019. The number of measles cases continues to increase particularly in National Capital Region and isolated provinces. Health facilities and public health institutions are overwhelmed, due to influx of active measles cases particularly among children aged six months to five years.

20 Feb 2019 description

More than 8,440 cases of measles – including 136 deaths from the disease – have been recorded in several regions of the Philippines, including the capital city Manila.

In response, the authorities are working with the Philippine Red Cross and the World Health Organization to ramp up public information campaigns and vaccination activities in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. The Red Cross is also employing interventions to increase vaccine coverage and care and support for people currently in hospitals.

18 Feb 2019 description

In continuation of efforts to contain the measles crisis in the country, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) immunized a total of 1,307 children in Baseco, Manila for the first phase of its community-based measles control program.

Over the weekend, PRC deployed 250 volunteers composed of doctors, nurses, health workers, and logistics assistants to conduct house-to-house vaccination and station-based operations in Corazon Aquino Health Center, in partnership with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

15 Feb 2019 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC)’s emergency medical unit (EMU), which serves as an extension wing for patients with measles at the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, is now fully operational.

The installation of the 40-bed EMU addresses the overflow of patients in line with the declaration of a measles outbreak in various part of the country, including the Metro Manila.

Chairman Richard Gordon, who leads PRC’s response to the outbreak, said the EMU mirrors the organization’s full support to the government and its health partners.

15 Feb 2019 description

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) assures its full support to the government in responding to the increase in measles cases by providing humanitarian assistance, especially through the installation of emergency field medical tents in crowded hospitals.

Following the Department of Health (DOH)’s declaration of a measles outbreak in various parts of the country last February 6, PRC set up a 20-bed and a 50-bed Emergency Medical Units (EMU) or outdoor hospitals at two of the most crowded hospitals in Manila.

08 Feb 2019 description

FOLLOWING the midnight visit of Chairman Richard Gordon to the measles patients confined in San Lazaro Hospital in Manila, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is closely coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in providing assistance relevant to the surge of patients due to the measles outbreak.

Gordon said PRC is ready to provide medical interventions, including the establishment of a 100-bed emergency medical unit (EMU) and welfare desks at San Lazaro Hospital (SLH).

08 Feb 2019 description

This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Philippine Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time.

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