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The combined impact of poverty and recurrent natural disasters including typhoons, means that entire communities in the Philippines struggle to survive.
Located in South-East Asia, the Philippines archipelago is one of the most vulnerable regions on the planet in terms of natural disasters. Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occasionally cause substantial losses and extensive damage. Typhoons are very frequent and their secondary effects – landslides, flooding and flash floods – are devastating. They strike populations with violent force: Typhoon Haiyan hit the country in November 2013 and left 8,000 people dead, 4 million displaced persons, and 15 million affected in some way by the disaster. During the two decades that preceded Typhoon Haiyan, natural disasters had already killed more than 31,000 persons and affected 98 million people in the Philippines, and more typhoons continue to hit the country.
As in many developing countries, non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease also pose a serious threat and are one of the causes of disabilities in the population.
In the Philippines, poverty is not just a rural phenomenon. There are major inequalities between different regions and socio-economic groups. The poorest provinces are those of Visayas and Mindanao, but poverty is also very acute in the southern regions of Luzon.
The Philippines has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Legislative measures have been adopted since 1982 and a major law to protect people with disabilities was introduced in 1992. It emphasises their right to participate fully in society and to access training and employment, education, health and social services and public transport on an egalitarian basis.
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- Advocacy briefing - Introduction (2015) (pdf, 123.34 KB)
- Advocacy briefing - The SCOPEO tool - Measuring the impact of our interventions (2015) (pdf, 761.5 KB)
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