Response to Typhoon Odette – Six Months Later – Situation Report #9 – Philippines

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It’s been six months since Super Typhoon Odette/Rai made landfall in the Philippines and wreaked havoc across most parts of the Visayas and northeastern Mindanao, affecting 11 of the country’s 16 million people and damaging more than 2 .1 million homes.

In April, Tropical Storm Megi (known locally as Agaton) hit the Eastern Visayas region, exacerbating the effects of Typhoon Rai – where there were still over 12,000 displaced people present – and causing more damage in Leyte, Southern Leyte , Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands. Floods and landslides resulted in 2 million newly affected people and an additional 258,000 displaced.

The majority of the response intervention ended as CERF funding ended on June 30, 2022. The appeal for early recovery assistance is important to support the return to economic, health, educational stability and livelihoods of the population, especially those who continue to be internally displaced. Although most of them have returned, the Humanitarian Country Team stressed that development should be integrated into early response and recovery efforts to provide durable and long-term solutions to affected communities, including including education, economic and livelihood support.

UNFPA, through its collaboration with the government and local implementing partners, continues its commitment to support and provide life-saving services to meet the needs of the most vulnerable women and girls.

To date, we have reached a total of 215,135 people through the provision of essential and gender-sensitive services.

  • Completed repairs to 17 Rural Health Units (RHUs), Barangay Health Centers (BHCs) and hospitals, including a Child and Youth Crisis Centre.

  • Four Emergency Maternity Tent (EMTF) facilities were established in locations where pre-existing birthing facilities were damaged and found to be inoperative. These facilities serve as temporary sites for the provision of all reproductive health services, including childbirth, and as a point of contact for those seeking GBV support.

  • Women’s Health on Wheels has been purchased and is being rolled out for mobile health services in southern Leyte. The initial rapid deployment of supplies included 13 reproductive health kits, each containing supplies for a period of 3 months and geared towards community, primary care or referral services.

  • The Women’s Health on the Water (Sea Ambulance) has also been deployed to the Dinagat Islands Province to support the transport of pregnant and lactating women seeking much needed SRH services, such as on-the-spot care, delivery, postnatal care, immunization, sexually transmitted infections/HIV, GBV and MHPSS

  • A total of 2,907 maternity kits containing basic newborn supplies were distributed to newly-delivered mothers and their infants.

  • 153 reproductive health medical missions that reach women and girls with SRH services and community-level information sessions on topics such as safe motherhood, family planning, psychological first aid, adolescent SRH and GBV referral and support pathways.

  • 2,350 cash-for-health assistance distributions were also provided to women and adolescent girls receiving antenatal and postpartum care in the southern region of Leyte and Caraga.

  • Creation of 10 Women Friendly Spaces (WFS), including three provinces. For each WFS, 20 local facilitators have been trained to provide services and first-line psychological first aid at the community level.

  • 19,976 women and girls affected by GBV and information on referral pathways through WFS sessions. 234 protection assistance cash distributions were provided to WFS facilitators, helping to support women and their families and inject additional cash flow into the local economy.

  • A total of 14,125 dignity kits, solar lamps and radios were provided to women and youth.

  • Delivery of 6 prefabricated modular units for WCPU to ensure that multidisciplinary teams are back at full capacity with multidisciplinary services for survivors. Mental Health


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