The super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that hit the Philippines last November 8, 2013 has left the greater part of the Visayas region (if not all) in utter devastation. Images of the typhoon aftermath show wreckage of residences and huge infrastructures, uprooted trees and collapsed electric posts, pandemonium in search for food and water and the bodies of those who were not able to survive the terrible storm. According to experts, Yolanda is by far the most powerful typhoon that ever happened in history and it is very unfortunate that it hit the Philippines, which has completely destroyed and paralyzed many provinces in Visayas.
The whole week we’ve seen the outpouring of support from various local organizations and foreign groups for the typhoon survivors. Certainly, no help is small when everyone’s little contributions are put together.
As member of IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), we support the ongoing relief operations done by Philippine Red Cross and Department of Social Welfare and Development.
My Dream in a Shoebox
Five years ago, IBPAP started a Christmas campaign called “My Dream in a Shoebox”, where used shoeboxes are gathered and filled with school supplies. These shoeboxes are then distributed to less fortunate Filipino children in various regions in the country.
This year, in light of the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda, IBPAP’s “My Dream in a Shoebox” partners with Red Cross and DSWD to bring help where it’s needed.
Here are the details if you want to help:
Many may have died from this tragedy, but more importantly, many survived. Let’s help those who survive rebuild their homes and their dreams.
Basic Medicines and Healthcare Support Needed by Typhoon Yolanda victims
At this point, many survivors are still in immense need of medical care. While basic necessities like food, clothing and shelter are fundamental in assuring they stay well and alive; medicines and healthcare are equally important since most of them have endured a horrible ordeal surviving the storm surge and the debris brought by the strong winds.
Here are the basic medicines and medical supplies needed by typhoon Yolanda victims:
Note: All these are in their generic names. There are certain dosages for adults, infants and children. Please be guided accordingly.
For pain reliever and fever/flu:
- Mefenamic acid
For cough and asthma:
- Salbutamol + Guaifenesin
For colds and allergies:
For abdominal pain, ulcer and hyperacidity:
- Aluminum Hydroxide and Magnesium Hydroxide
For amoebiasis and diarrhea:
For antibacterial purposes:
For eye and skin infections:
- Any topical antibiotic for skin
For body resistance:
- Vitamin C
For scrapes, wounds and bone fractures:
- Antiseptic like Ethyl/Isoprophyl Alcohol
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Iodine Povidone
- Wound dressing/gauze (with gauze tape)
Do remember that these medications must be properly dispensed with the right diagnosis from licensed medical personnel except for the non-prescriptive drugs.
First aid should be immediately provided to those who have been severely injured. It is also imperative that those who have special medical needs like heart ailment, hemorrhage, asthma and epilepsy, among others, be addressed right away to avoid any further complications. While the current situation in those hard-hit areas may limit healthcare staff in giving medical assistance, they should always have emergency back-up plan such as accessible transportation to the nearest operational hospital that can attend to difficult health conditions.
Also part of the medical attention that must be given would be psychosocial analysis and stress debriefing for the patients, as many of these individuals, especially the children, have been traumatized by the calamity.
It is never easy to assume the kind of medical support needed in events like this. But as healthcare professionals, we must always be prepared with supplies and expertise that the situation calls for.