In 2013, COHI responded to the needs of women and babies who survived Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. COHI provided three teams of clinicians, and these dedicated volunteers cared for more than 4000 individuals in the first two weeks after Typhoon Haiyan.
Storms such as these are becoming more and more common, sadly, and the devastation grows with each one, and COHI responded to the needs of those impacted by Typhoon Hagupit in 2014. COHI committed to providing environmentally sound supplies and equipment as part of our response. Cases of human trafficking are likely and terrible long-lasting outcomes of these disasters, and COHI aims to engage in this area in the long-term response needed to protect children and women.
In 2015, as part of our long-term commitment to the women and children in the Philippines, we established a partnership with Bumi Wadah, a birth clinic in San Jose, Philippines, associated with Bumi Sehat. We placed experienced clinical professionals to assist Bumi Wadah in prenatal exams and deliveries, as they transition their birth clinic from an emergency response clinic to a long-term stable healthcare provider for local women and newborns. We also provided cash to locally purchase essential medicines and supplies.