Starting this month, the Red Cross is to provide equipment like boats and hooks to fishermen and seeds for farmers as well as fund cash-for-work schemes for displaced laborers. Cash grants will also be set up to help small businesses get back on their feet.
About 60 local medical personnel are now being trained on the job to take over when the Europeans are gone, Engkrog said, adding that all the hospital equipment will also be handed over to Filipino authorities.
The Red Cross has already shut down a 100-bed tent hospital it had put up in Ormoc, a city on neighboring Leyte Island, where the local health needs were not as acute once typhoon-induced injuries were dealt with, Engkrog said.
Passing on medical expertise to the locals is vital if people are to continue benefiting over the coming months and years.
As Abhi said: “We are not going to be [here] forever.”