MANILA, July 19, 2017 — The U.S. government is partnering with the Philippine government in delivering critical health and education services to families who have been affected by the ongoing conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
“The United States and the Philippines are longstanding friends, partners and allies,” said U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim. “We will continue to coordinate with the Philippine government on ways to provide relief to families affected by this conflict.”
The U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has provided access to potable water by distributing 12,000 jerry cans (water containers) and 96,000 chlorine tablets to 12,000 families currently staying in evacuation sites in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Iligan City.
USAID is also providing support to help stop the spread of infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis (TB) in the evacuation sites.
With the help of local partners and the Philippine Department of Health, USAID facilitated the delivery of much-needed anti-TB drugs and supplies to evacuation centers, allowing patients to continue their strict medical regimen. Patients with confirmed cases receive free medical treatment from the Philippine government.
USAID is also leveraging one of its ongoing education projects to supply at least 6,000 desks in the temporary learning spaces for displaced children.
USAID supports peace and community development in Mindanao through 25 ongoing projects that improve local governance, strengthen the government’s capacity to deliver services, especially in health and education, and promote civic engagement.#