In November 2013 Typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines with record wind speed. A sea sludge, about 3-4 meters high was brought in with the wind that destroyed almost everything in its way. Tacloban, a city with about 400 000 residents was one of the regions that got worst hit.
Today, four months later, Tacloban is starting to recover but tens of thousands are still without a permanent home and/or source of income. The major income in this region is cocoanut palm trees of which many plantations was destroyed. For the whole region effected by the typhoon, it is estimated that about 4 million people still are without a permanent home, electricity, access to safe water, proper hygiene and sanitation facilities.
PLAN International can now through generous support of WSP Sweden, Qatar Airways, and Stockholm Business Region provide the Swedish safe, warm water solution SOLVATTEN, to mothers and their new-borns.
The systems are being used in the health facilities of Leyte and Samar and will continue to help during the time of recovery and will improve the level of resilience in the event of future challenges.