Philippine Nurses Association
Situational Report on Typhoon Yolanda
Disaster Response Efforts
December 13, 2013
Update on the Impact of Yolanda
As of 6AM, 12 December, 5982 individuals were reported dead, 27 022 injured and 1 779 still missing. A total of 2.58M families/ 12M individuals were affected in 44 provinces of Regions IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI and CARAGA (NDRRMC http://ndrrmc.gov.ph).
PNA Disaster Response
1. Welfare of nurses directly affected by the disaster
No report yet was received on nurses who were gravely affected by the disaster and need direct assistance.
2. Call for donations
PNA National Office received donations for Typhoon Yolanda. In-kind donations from local chapters and hospitals were also received and forwarded to Gawad Kalinga, University of the Philippines Manila Pahinungod, and University of the Philippines Manila School of Health
Sciences in Palo, Leyte.
3. Mobilization of PNA local chapters
PNA Nueva Ecija Chapter mobilized efforts to collect in-kind donations and coordinated with Philippine Red Cross for sending to affected areas. Nurses and student volunteers were also mobilized to help in repacking of relief goods. PNA Nueva Vizcaya Chapter forwarded cash donations to PNA National and participated in medical missions in Tacloban.
PNA NCR Zone 2 collected donations of food and medicines and sent them to affected communities in Capiz ℅ PNA Capiz Chapter.
PNA NCR Zone 3 sent donations and participated in the repacking of goods for the medical missions coordinated with Philippine Medical Association
PNA Cavite Chapter continues to solicit canned goods for Yolanda survivors.
PNA Region V (Bicol), led by PNA Gov Darwin Blanza, conducted preparedness and response activities such as organizing stand-by nurses in case of mass casualty, stock-piling of medicines and supplies and possible evacuation areas. When Typhoon Yolanda did not
directly hit Bicol regions, donations for Yolanda survivors were organized and centralized to Albay Capitol in Legazpi City.
PNA Cebu Chapter, led by PNA Cebu Chapter President Edith Santos coordinated with Ang Nars Visayas, and DOH-Region VII in the relief efforts for Bantayan Island in northern Cebu. Forty nurses and 20 students were given orientation on MHPSS, WASH, Nutrition, and SPEED and deployed to Bantayan Island on Nov 14-17, 2013.
PNA Region X Gov Neil Martin and PNA Misamis Oriental Chapter President Mary Joy Neri coordinated with Balay Mindanaw for possible sending of nurse volunteers to join the medical team from Germany on medical mission to Panay: Capiz and Iloilo.
4. Organizing PNA nurses volunteers PNA nurse volunteer database PNA nurse volunteer database was created on November 19, 2013. All volunteers were asked to register in this database to indicate their current affiliation, previous training and skills related to disaster management, and their availability for volunteer work. As of 13 December 2013, there are 95 nurses who have enlisted in the PNA nurse volunteer database. Orientation for volunteers (attended by 42 nurses) were conducted at PNA to brief them on the current situation on response efforts, to review psychological first aid, and to orient nurse volunteers on what to expect during response efforts.
5. Coordination with national agencies and NGOs
• Department of Health – Health Emergency Management Staff
o Coordination regarding provision of health services under the Health, WASH and MHPSS clusters
• Department of Social Welfare and Development
o Organized nurse volunteers during the operations at Camp Aguinaldo – November 20-21, 2013. PNA was the lead organization for nursing activities under the Health
Cluster of DOH-HEMS.
o Organized nurses volunteers during the operations at Villamor Airforce Base – November 26-December 7, 2013. PNA was in-charge of health assessment and psychosocial support in coordination with DOH-HEMS and NV Life Coach.
• Philippine Medical Association
o Sent nurse volunteers to help in repacking of relief goods
o Coordination for medical mission to local areas
o Posted in PNA Facebook MERLIN’s need for nurses who could work short-term (3-6 months) in worst affected areas
• International Labour Organization
o Exploring areas of coordination for sending nurse volunteers to affected communities
• Project HOPE with PNAA
o Exploring areas of coordination for deploying nurses volunteers to health services to remote areas affected in Roxas and Cebu
• Red Cross
o Exploring areas of coordination for deploying nurse volunteers to affected communities
6. Participation in the 14th Asia Workforce Forum and 10th Alliance of Asian Nurses Association Meeting
• Sheila Bonito, Chair of Disaster Preparedness Committee, presented Typhoon Yolanda situational report and PNA response efforts during the 10th Alliance of Asian Nurses Association Meeting on November 21, 2013.
• PNA through President Noel Cadete received cash donations from some members of the Asian Nurses Association.
Sheila R. Bonito, PNA Disaster Preparedness Committee
Bettina D. Evio, PNA Disaster Preparedness Committee
Patricia Maro P. Mercado, PNA Project Staff
Leonardo M. Nuestro, PNA Executive Director
Gerelyne Reboroso, PNA Program Manager
Noted by: Noel C. Cadete, PNA President