Emergency Response after the Typhoon Haiyan
The Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines on the morning of November 8, devastating vast areas in 36 provinces. With winds of up to 275 km/h, the typhoon is the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall. Current reports estimates that almost 13 million people have been affected and more than 4 million people are displaced without access to essential basic needs such as food, water and sanitation. Without sanitation facilities and clean water, diseases thrive and the threat of epidemics outbreaks, such as cholera, is imminent.
In our work at Peepoople, contributing to humanitarian relief is one of our most important tasks. Peepoople has delivered one million Peepoos to four international aid organisations, among them the Swedish Red Cross, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and Oxfam. These Peepoos will cover sanitation for 35 000 people for one month, and be used in the affected areas in the Philippines. But the need for hygienic sanitation will remain great for months to come and Peepoople will keep on running extra production shifts in order to have capacity to continue to contribute to the relief efforts in the Philippines.
Peepoople has had two field officers to the Philippines to provide training on the Peepoo sanitation system and its implementation in humanitarian response.