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OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE IN THE PHILIPPINES

Our responses

MedicalEquipping healthcare staff
In Manila, our teams have built triage tents, and continue to support health workers by providing infection prevention and control training and personal protective equipment. 

MedicalProviding essentials
MSF teams have distributed quarantine kits and hygiene materials to several COVID-19 patients and their close contacts. 

 

Completed COVID-19 Responses:

  • Collaboration with San Lazaro hospital: Fortunately, hospital admissions for COVID-19 have decreased, so we ended our collaboration with the San Lazaro hospital in October 2020. 

 

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Médecins Sans Frontières is providing support and medical care around the world to counter the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re providing essential care through dedicated COVID-19 facilities, equipping frontline medical staff with PPE and training, and supporting health authorities through testing and community education.

With 50 years of experience fighting epidemics, we’re committed to protecting the most vulnerable and saving lives.

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More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, but the bulk of its fast-growing population – now more than 100 million people – lives on just 11 of them.

Much of the Philippines is mountainous and prone to natural disasters. It is often lashed by typhoons and other storms. MSF has responded to several natural disasters in the Philippines, including Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and Typhoon Tembin in 2017.  

Médecins Sans Frontières first worked in the Philippines in 1987.

Philippines: responding to Typhoon Tembin

Sexual and Reproductive Health

Following a 2015 assessment, MSF confirmed the need for sexual and reproductive health services in the densely populated and impoverished districts of the country’s capital, Manila. In collaboration with a local organisation, Likhaan, MSF staff offer sexual and reproductive health services at two clinics based in the Tondo and San Andres slum communities.MSF offers family planning services and care for victims of sexual violence, human papilloma virus vaccines, as well as screening and treatment for cervical cancer.

Following the siege of Marawi, MSF offered psychological first aid and ran water, sanitation and hygiene activities for people displaced by the conflict between the Philippine armed forces and two pro-Islamic State factions, the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf, in Marawi city, Mindanao region. MSF has remained in the area to support internally displaced people and returnees.

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From June 2017, MSF offered psychological first aid and ran water, sanitation and hygiene activities for people displaced by the conflict between the Philippine armed forces and two pro-Islamic State factions, the Maute group and Abu Sayyaf, in Marawi city, Mindanao region. More than 370,000 people were displaced from Marawi and its surroundings.
 
MSF provided psychological first aid, and distributed hygiene kits and jerry cans. When the siege of Marawi was declared over, MSF remained in the area to support internally displaced people and returnees.