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Humanitarian Aid Work & Development Programs

Each year, the Philippines experiences about 20 major storms or typhoons, many triggering widespread flooding and destruction. The country is also vulnerable to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods and landslides.

Australian Red Cross and Philippine Red Cross work closely together to prevent death and suffering from natural disasters and diseases through humanitarian aid and development programs.

Responding to Typhoon Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan left a trail of destruction when it made landfall in Central Philippines in November 2013. The humanitarian impact was massive, with up to 7,000 dead or missing and four million displaced.

Typhoon-affected areas are starting to recover from the disaster. Through its network of community volunteers, Philippine Red Cross is leading a recovery operation with support from Australian Red Cross and other Red Cross Movement partners.

The recovery program is supporting around 750,000 people by providing shelter, renewing livelihoods, rehabilitating health and educational centres, and preparing for future disasters.

Read more about the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan response.

Preparing for disasters together

Red Cross' development program includes helping communities across the Philippines to prepare for and respond to disasters. Community initiatives such as building drainage canals and flood water overflow culverts assist in improving safety. This is happening in many typhoon-prone provinces across the Philippines, including Pangasinan, La Union, Zambales, Ifugao, Samar and Leyte and the city of Taguig in Manila.

Commitment to health

Water-borne infections are a major cause of death and illness, especially amongst children. Across the Philippines, we aim to improve water and sanitation systems and promote hygiene practices.

Strengthening Red Cross

A strong and well-resourced National Society is the best way to reach the most vulnerable people across a country. Australian Red Cross is committed to supporting Philippine Red Cross through skilled volunteers and by sharing resources, systems, methodologies and good practice.

Photo: Phil Brown (Australian Red Cross); Jarkko Mikkonen (IFRC)