Maternal healthcare struggles for survival after Typhoon Haiyan

December 10, 2013

"Based on the latest government emergency report, some four million people were displaced when the super typhoon hammered into the Philippines on 8 November 2013, ravaging nine regions in the central islands. Close to 100,000 displaced people are living in evacuation centres, while the rest are living in makeshift homes or staying with host families. 'The biggest challenge is really the continuation of maternal healthcare services. With so many health centres destroyed, women have no place to go for their pre-natal examinations. Midwives will have to go find the pregnant women, but often the midwives are also among the affected population,' said Amelita Robles, a provincial health officer based in northern Panay island. Up to half of the medical personnel working in some areas were affected by the typhoon, according to the NGO [Action Against Hunger]."