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.

 
Response to flooding in Southern Africa - Malawi
Cyclone Idai & Southern Africa flooding

Malawi: “This time, the flooding has destroyed houses, not lives”

Voices from the Field 29 Mar 2019
Zimbabwe
The confluence of the three rivers, Nyahode, Rusitu and Chipita, was a source of terror to the residents of Copper. Dr Elizabeth Irungu
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Grit and determination: One day in the race to reach people after Cyclone Idai

 
Mental Healthcare in Mweso
Mental health

World Mental Health Day 2018: Beyond a healthy body

Project Update 10 Oct 2018
 
Emercengy team in Colombia
Colombia

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

Voices from the Field 24 Jan 2018
 
Voices after the earthquake
Mexico

MSF ends emergency response after the earthquakes

Project Update 8 Dec 2017
 
Voices from Oaxaca
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Voices after the earthquake

8 Dec 2017
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MSF provides psychosocial support to those affected by the earthquake in Mexico.
Mexico

“Fear is still the predominant emotion in Mexico City”

Voices from the Field 26 Sep 2017
 
MSF provides psychosocial support to those affected by the earthquake in Mexico.
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Mexico earthquake: MSF provides psychosocial support

25 Sep 2017
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