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Response to Typhoon Haiyan: Save the Children continues disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

Vulnerable children are recovering from Super Typhoon Haiyan which left a path of destruction in its wake. Save the Children deployed emergency responders to hard hit areas in the Philippines and has mounted comprehensive relief efforts. Learn More.

Challenges for Children

Save the Children has worked in the Philippines since 1981 and quickly delivers humanitarian relief after the nation's frequent typhoons and other disasters. A prime target of natural disasters, the Philippines experiences an average of 20 tropical storms a year and is located in a major earthquake zone housing a number of active volcanoes.

The struggling education system; high prevalence of malnutrition and life-threatening illnesses among infants and children; increasing reports of child abuse and exploitation; and other forms of violence against children, continue to plague the country. Illegal logging and deforestation contribute to the increasing severity of floods, landslides and mudslides in areas where large numbers of people live.

The economic crisis was compounded by two typhoons (Ketsana and Parma) that hit the country in late September and early October of 2009. These typhoons caused some of the greatest damage the country has seen this century, displacing over 9 million people and severely damaging the country's infrastructure.


An archipelago of amazing ecological diversity, the Philippines is a study in contrasts. Volcanic mountains dominate the larger islands, while picturesque coastline—when combined, extending for over 22,000 miles—abounds on others. The Philippines is home to affluence and modernity, as well as deep-seated poverty. This inequality is a major obstacle to the country's overall development, and recent studies indicate that this gap may be growing. Armed conflict in the impoverished area of Mindanao, one of the areas where we operate sponsorship programs, makes the situation worse for children and families who are already underserved.

Sponsor a Child in the Philippines

Sponsorship is a special kind of giving that creates a relationship between you and the community in which Save the Children is helping to create real and lasting change. It provides more than the satisfaction that comes with aid for improving the health and well-being of children; it delivers a special opportunity to witness young lives lifted over time. Through child sponsorship, two lives are changed forever: yours and the life of your sponsored child.

Philippines Facts and Statistics

  • Population: 105,720,644
  • Infant Death Rate: 18 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Life Expectancy: 72 years
  • Poverty Rate: 18.4
  • Underweight Children: 20.7%
  • Human Development Rank: 114
  • Maternal Death Risk: 99 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Girls' Education: 12 years
  • Clean Water Access: 92%


Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2012 State of the World's Mothers report.You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Infant Mortality Rate: CIA World Factbook 2012; Life Expectancy at Birth: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; National Poverty Rate: World Bank's World Development Indicators 2012; Population: CIA World Factbook 2012; Human Development Index Rank: United Nations Development Program

Last Updated June 2014