Israeli NGO providing relief to victims of typhoon in the Philippines

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An emergency response team from the Israeli NGO IsraAID has been providing medical, psychological, social and material relief in the wake of a typhoon in the Philippines.

IsraAID and its local partner agency IsraAID Philippines, with the support of the American Jewish Committee, have been working in the Can-Avid municipality , located less than 15 miles from the city of Dolores in the country’s Eastern Samar province, where Typhoon Ruby, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Hagupit, struck nearly two weeks ago.


The typhoon left at least 21 people dead and displaced more than 1.6 million Filipinos.

The NGO is working in coordination with the United Nations and the local Ministry of Health in order to offer medical treatment to the 97 percent of residents affected by the typhoon. Over 400 injured people have so far been treated, according to Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The team also has delivered food and non-food items to over 400 families, including rice, noodles, water, mosquito repellent, and hygiene kits.

IsraAID also conducted psychological and social support activities to more than 150 children in the Philippine villages of Barangay Rawis and Camantang, and trained local professionals to help deal with trauma-affected communities.

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, an Israel Defense Forces 147-member medical and humanitarian mission a spent nearly two weeks running a field hospital in Bogo City, treating more than 2,600 patients, conducting 52 surgeries and delivering 36 babies. Israel delivered more 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies for victims of that typhoon.