Over a thousand residents of typhoon-ravaged Mangsee Island in Balabac have received hygiene kits and related paraphernalia from a group of non government organizations aiming to prevent a diarrhea outbreak in the remote island village.
The Humanitarian Response Consortium (HRC) said in a statement it has been working with the provincial and municipal governments following a diarrhea outbreak that earlier hit the Balabac mainland.
The group, composed of A Single Drop for Safe Water, Roots of Health and Philippine Association For Intercultural Development, has reached out to its partners to mobilize support for the intervention.
Their activities include the distribution of water disinfectants, water storage containers and hygiene kits, as well as information dissemination to encourage the practice of observing personal hygiene including hand washing and the use of proper sanitation facilities.
Initial support from the START Network allowed the initial assessment and response, post typhoon Vinta. More supporting resources are being provided by UNICEF (funding and in-kind donations), Seaoil Foundation Inc. (funding) and Latter Day Saints Charities (in-kind donations).
Both UNICEF and Latter Day Saints Charities inc. are long term partners with the HRC in times of crisis.
The group said it has so far been able to reach over a thousand families or approximately 5,000 individuals. A total of six learning centers, four in Barangay Salang and two in Barangay Ramos also received hygiene materials for children.
The Humanitarian Response Consortium is a group of local development organizations that respond to the critical needs of vulnerable communities in the Philippines during disasters and crisis situations. Operating at the grassroots level, HRC delivers fast, cost-effective and culturally-sensitive response, collaborating with local government units and partners, and empowering communities in addressing humanitarian needs. The three Palawan based organizations include A Single Drop for Safe Water, Roots of Health and Philippine Association For Intercultural Development which are working together to implement the program. The HRC is also currently responding in Lanao Del Sur, Biliran and Marawi.