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Humnanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief

Overview

KOICA is carrying out humanitarian assistance activities in forms of cash and in-kind contributions, deployment of disaster relief teams and cooperation with international institutions in cases of natural disasters such as earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis and flooding as well as man-made disasters such as civil wars and conflicts. In 2013, KOICA put aside a total of KRW 12.8 billion to provide humanitarian assistance for earthquake victims in Sichuan Province in China, Syrian refugees in Lebanon and the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. In particular, the Korean government dispatched the Korean Disaster Relief Team to the disaster-stricken region in the Philippines. The team provided more than 6,000 medical services to local residents. Being recognized for its excellence on the fields by the Philippines Department of Health, the KDRT substantially contributed to the strengthened national profile of Korea in the field of humanitarian assistance.

 

Record by Year 

Division

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

No. of countries

19

16

18

23

15

25

22

29

12

14

No. of projects

22

19

19

48

21

33

39

24

32

30

Amount
(US$ in Thousands)

3,001

1,115

1,005

12,422

4,906

4,858

10,628

7,455

9,951

16,965

  

Deployment of the KDRT to the Philippines for Reconstruction in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan (2013) 

Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in November 2013, leaving only rubbles in its wake. Soon after the devastation, to support the country’s recovery activities, KOICA organized a meeting of Public-Private Overseas Disaster Relief Counsel on November 12 and decided to execute a humanitarian assistance program (USD 5 million) to help disaster-stricken areas of the Philippines. In close coordination with local medical teams and emergency management authority, the KDRT efficiently conducted medical and rescue operations. Using a SNS platform, the KDRT shared information with other disaster relief actors, including government agencies to minimize information gap and enable real-time communication between one another. Korea participated in the meetings of UN OSSOC to dispatch personnel who can coordinate with the UN as a member of UNDAC, laying the groundwork for cooperation with international institutions.

The disaster relief in the Philippines, the largest and longest ever activity supported by Korea, was undertaken for 30 days. A total of 127 KDRT members, dispatched through four times of deployment, recovered 145 bodies, conducted disease prevention activities for 47 times and undertook safety measures for 2 times. The team also provided 6,672 medical services. The Assistant Secretary of the Philippines Department of Health recognized and praised the KDRT’s excellence in conducting medical activities.