What Philippine Typhoon Survivors Need the Most Right Now

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Five days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, the government is facing tough logistical challenges to get survivors food, clean water and medical aid.


Aid groups who are already working in the devastated country say what they need the most are monetary donations to assist with food and medical needs.

Here’s How You Can Help:

The Red Cross
The international Red Cross is already in Philippines.

“Right now the most pressing need are financial donations which will allows us to get aid there quickly,” H.T. Linke, a spokesperson for the Red Cross told Fusion. Linke points out the Red Cross is an international operation and that the bulk of work happening in being organized by the Philippines Red Cross.

“Philippines Red Cross is helping its own countrymen get through this,” Linke said.

For more information on donating to the Red Cross visit Redcross.org.

Help the Red Cross through iTunes
More than 575 million people around the world have Apple iTunes Store accounts that they use to buy music. You can contribute to the Red Cross’ Philippine Typhoon relief effort by making a donation that ranges from $5 to $200 on iTunes.

UN’s World Food Program

The United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) said on Wednesday the organization has distributed rice to nearly 50,000 typhoon survivors in the worst hit areas of the Philippines. WFP hopes to fundraise a total of $88.2 million for food assistance, and about $12.8 million for logistics and emergency telecommunications operations.


If you want to help WFP in this response, you can donate online by visiting WFP.org/typhoon

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Border will have more than 100 staff members in the Philippines in the coming days, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, logisticians, psychologists, and water and sanitation experts. The groups says they have planeloads of aid materials—including medical supplies, shelter materials, hygiene kits, on their way to the Philippines from warehouses around the world.


Donate to Doctors Without Border by visiting Doctorswithoutborders.org.