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November 13, 2013 12:08 ET

Save the Children: Typhoon Haiyan Response Relief

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 13, 2013) -

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Save the Children is emptying warehouses of aid for the Philippines to deliver help on the ground to children and their families following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

Technical and medical experts have scrambled from around the world to deliver aid arriving by plane to support millions of people across the country, including:

  • More than 100 staff already on the ground in the hardest hit areas;
  • A team of 12 doctors from the UK will be arriving to offer immediate treatment of the injured and sick;
  • Nine senior logistics experts - from Britain, Australia, and Denmark - making sure help gets through to the people who need it most; and
  • Teams assessing need in Llolio-llolio, Rohas, Tacloban, and two sites on the island of Cebu.

More planes are planned for the coming days which will see aid delivered from warehouses in Europe, Africa and Asia.

Medical support is desperately needed as the full extent of the devastation is realised.

Cat Carter, Save the Children humanitarian officer, speaking from Tacloban, said: "We are talking to doctors in Tacloban who are completely running out of medicine and supplies, finding conditions impossible and unable to do their job. They are desperate to treat children with major cuts and bruising sustained during the storm and are now seeing young patients coming to them showing symptoms of flu and diarrhoea and suffering from fevers.

"The lack of shelter, lack of food and bottled water is only making things worse as children suffer under such brutal conditions.

"There are still dead bodies everywhere you look and carcases of animals also litter the ground. There are major concerns that these could be a health hazard which will heap further pressure on doctors and medical teams.

"We have a strong teams on the ground which are doing all they can in extremely difficult conditions. Aid is on the way and will be distributed as soon as possible."

When our medical teams arrive they will give priority to open wounds, and obstetrics and paediatric care to pregnant mothers, babies and children.

Save the Children Canada's President & CEO, Patricia Erb, said: "Aid is on its way and we have experts on the ground in the places hit hard by the typhoon to make sure it is delivered to children and families as quickly and safely as possible."

A Save the Children aid plane will arrive in Cebu on November 14, 2013

Supplies and aid on board include:

  • 2,000 sheets of tarpaulin & 7,380 pieces of plastic sheeting
  • 12,000 blankets
  • 4 mobile clinics with all the necessary medical equipment
  • 13,600 Jerry Cans
  • 2,500 Kitchen Sets
  • 500 New Born Kits
  • 100 'Winterised Tents'
  • 5,000 buckets

Save the Children Canada is a member of the Humanitarian Coalition and is responding as part of the Coalition's Typhoon Haiyan joint appeal to Canadians. Canadians can help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan by donating now: www.together.ca.

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About Save the Children

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children, delivery programs and improving lives in about 120 countries worldwide. Working toward a world in which every child attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation, Save the Children's mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Learn more at www.savethechildren.ca and www.facebook.com/savethechildren.ca.

The Humanitarian Coalition is a joint appeal mechanism. It is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada.
With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to eliminate unnecessary competition, reduce the duplication of fundraising costs, and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. To make a donation for Typhoon Haiyan, go to www.together.ca or call 1-800-464-9154.

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