People Helped in 2018: 302,014
The conflict in Mindanao, as well as natural disasters, lead to high humanitarian needs in the Philippines. Cases of psychosocial disorders have increased by 50% in the displaced populations. This is caused by the conflict, the breakdown of social and family ties, and the consequences of living in temporary shelters for a long period of time. The most frequent disorders we observe are depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
Action Against Hunger has worked in the Philippines since 2000, in places like north and central Mindanao and Bicol, helping communities affected by natural disasters or displaced by conflict. We run programs in nutrition and health, food security and livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene, promote public health education, and use targeted cash transfers to help vulnerable Filipinos recover after humanitarian emergencies.
In the city of Marawi and in other communities around Lake Lanao, we are working on infrastructure reconstruction to restore access to safe water and basic sanitation. In addition, we work on economic and productive recovery, and psychosocial support. We focus on innovation in disaster preparedness, implementing a community- centered initiative that seeks to find and support innovative solutions to better prepare communities for disasters.