More than 7,000 islands make up the Philippines, although the bulk of its fast-growing population live on just 11 of them. The Southeast Asian country has a booming tourism industry, driven by its countless beaches, although much of the country is mountainous and prone to natural disasters.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) first worked in the Philippines in 1987. Our work has focused on natural disaster response and healthcare for excluded groups. The most damaging recent event we responded to was 2013's Typhoon Haiyan – one of the strongest tropical storms ever recorded – which killed over 6,300 people.