Thanks to Lucie Lecomte for sending the link to this report in The Independent: Philippines aid begins at home: Social media helps local people prevent spread of illness following Typhoon Haiyan. Excerpt:
Inside the Church of the Redeemer, beneath a statue of the outstretched arms of Christ, Dr Evangeline Cua was attending to some of Tacloban's desperate and needy.
There were gashes to be treated, tetanus shots to be given and medicine to be dispensed. People gathered at the front of the church and formed an orderly queue while Dr Cua got to work.
After the storm struck, the 38‑year‑old surgeon from the city of Iloilo posted a simple but urgent message on social media: please donate to help send a medical team to Tacloban. Within 24 hours, she had received more than £30,000 – enough to dispatch a nine-strong team with a supply of medicine.
"This is the first time I have been in a disaster area," said the physician who works in a private hospital. "When I saw the damage on TV it looked bad, but when I got it here it looked a lot worse."
The doctor and her colleagues are at the forefront of the one most important challenges in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which tore through the eastern Philippines nine days ago.
As aid workers continue to distribute food and water and provide emergency shelter, attention turns – as it does after of any natural disaster – to avoiding a health crisis. Waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid are always the biggest fear.
"We are on the watch-out for acute diarrhoea, dengue, leptospirosis, gastroenteritis and acute respiratory failure for children beneath the age of five," said Patricia Kormoss of the World Health Organisation.
Dr Cua and her team may also represent a new trend among the way the world responds to natural disasters; increasingly, smaller, locally based and locally financed organisations are working alongside, and sometimes ahead of, international organisations and the UN.