Philippines: responding to Typhoon Tembin

Natural disasters

An earthquake, tsunami, flood or cyclone can have a devastating impact on entire communities.

Within a matter of minutes, natural disasters can affect the lives of tens of thousands of people. Hundreds or even thousands of people can be injured, homes and livelihoods destroyed. Access to clean water, healthcare services and transport can also be disrupted. The impact of each disaster varies greatly and our response must adapt to each situation.

Needs must be quickly identified, but accessing a disaster zone can be complex when roads are cut off. The first responders are people already on-site: community members, local authorities and aid organisations already present.

We keep pre-packaged kits to deploy for rapid relief and life-saving assistance. With projects in over 70 countries, we often have aid workers nearby when a disaster strikes. They can be reinforced with additional teams if a larger response is needed.

Voices from Oaxaca
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Voices after the earthquake

8 Dec 2017
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MSF Clinic In  Jérémie, Haiti
Luckily, the health centre, which served as refuge for the residents, survived the hurricane. Dr Danielle Perriault

Our priority is to treat open wounds, fractures and paediatric emergencies

Destroyed village of Talise - shot 2

Caring for the victims of the triple disaster in Central Sulawesi 20 Oct 2018
Damaged hospital

"Central Sulawesi took its toll on me" 19 Oct 2018
Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi.

Getting healthcare and safe water to remote areas in Central Sulawesi

Project Update 11 Oct 2018
Mental Healthcare in Mweso
Mental health

World Mental Health Day 2018: Beyond a healthy body

Project Update 10 Oct 2018
Emercengy team in Colombia

“The violence hasn't eased, it’s just changed its name”

Voices from the Field 24 Jan 2018
Voices after the earthquake

MSF ends emergency response after the earthquakes

Project Update 8 Dec 2017
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