Tag Archives: Typhoon Haiyan

Disability inclusion and disaster risk management

It has already been one week that I am in the Philippines now!  Time goes fast but I’ve learned a lot about CBM’s programmes in the region (more on that later), and hopefully managed to share some of my knowledge…

The main event during my visit was the 3-day National Summit on Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Management that started on Tuesday. Continue reading

Community Mental Health services essential after disaster

Just before Christmas I had the privilege of being part of a Community Mental Health assessment in the Typhoon Haiyan zone of the Philippines. The assessment was conducted by Dr Nick Rose, a Senior Psychiatrist from Oxford in the UK and Mr Willy Reyes, CBM’s Mental Health Coordinator in the Philippines.

Four men standing in front of a building doorway

Left to right: Willy Reyes; Dr Henrietta Espanola, Head of Department of Psychiatry, University of Western Visayas State University in Iloilo; Dr Nick Rose; David Lewis, CBM, at a mental health consultation in Estancia.

CBM conducted this assessment because we are keen to work with others in ensuring high quality mental health services are available for communities affected by the typhoon. It is also very important that these same communities grow in their understanding of mental health issues, including opportunities for referral and how everyone can be part of building inclusion for all community members. Continue reading

Typhoon Haiyan – Ageing and Disability Focal Points

I woke up very early this morning and walked along the beachfront at Concepcion, Panay Island. The beautiful, soft, early-morning sunlight created a huge contrast to the destruction which remains after Typhoon Haiyan’s ferocious winds and storm surge ripped through Concepcion. All along the coast, endless piles of debris still lie scattered from destroyed homes, schools, health clinics and other buildings. Continue reading

Typhoon Haiyan: what it would be like to lose everything and have to start again


An old man is posing in front of a destructed house. The man is using a crutch.

Henry is 63 years old. He lost everything during Typhoon Haiyan on 8 November 2013.


I just turned 60, and I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose everything and have to start again, at this age, or any age. Henry is 63. When Typhoon Haiyan hit his island off the coast of Concepcion in the Philippines, he knew it was going to be bad, but he had not anticipated so much loss.

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