Philippines: AAI first to deliver care to the remote area of Majayjay

The Philippines is struggling to recover due to funding shortfalls. The United Nations (UN) has warned that the lack of funding to help the Philippines will lead to serious health risks and food security problems. AAI recognizes the vital need to continue to deliver medical aid however a long term response is being restricted due to funding limitations.

At present, AAI continue to provide much needed outreach and mobile medical clinics in collaboration with local partners the Republic of Philippines United Nations White Helmets (RP-UNWH), the Civil Defence Action Group (CDAG), Knightsbridge International (KBI) as well as Direct Relief International (DRI) and the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee (CRWRC) who have been providing medical supplies.

Many thousands of people remain displaced, living in crowded camps and not likely to return to their homes for many more months. It is important that AAI continues to provide regular medical services to these vulnerable populations who are suffering due to their living conditions and their loss of livelihoods. AAI continues to conduct infectious disease surveillance on common diseases which could outbreak in such crowded living conditions.

As well as concentrating on the Western Laguna area around Binan, AAI was requested by the Governor of Laguna to provide medical care to the many thousands of affected people living in the mountainous area of Majayjay, located to the South of Laguna. In this area people remain displaced due to the flash flooding of mountain rivers caused by typhoon Shanti. Due to the remoteness of this area, made even worse by the destruction of bridges, the population has lacked adequate medical services and AAI was the first organisation to provide medical services to this community.