The Philippines are one of the most disaster prone nations in the world. Earthquakes, volcanoes, flooding and drought all pose a threat to the country and, every year, the Philippines are affected by an average of eight or nine typhoons. The country is characterized by large regional income discrepancies. A quarter of the population lives under the national poverty line, most of them in rural areas, where access to clean drinking water and sanitary facilities remains insufficient, making rural populations especially vulnerable to the effects of the recurring natural disasters.
In November 2013, wide stretches of the Visayas archipelago, one of the poorest regions in the country, were devastated by typhoon Haiyan. More than 6,000 people lost their lives, around 28,000 were injured, and over a million lost their homes. A total of more than 14 million people were affected by the consequences of the strongest storm ever recorded.
Malteser International has been working in close cooperation with the Philippine Association of the Order of Malta since 2009. The focus of our work lies in emergency relief for people affected by natural disasters, in rebuilding water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and in the field of disaster risk reduction.
Malteser International Locations: Manila