Displaced children playing in the open fields in Cambodia


Our teams in the Philippines work on tackling the alarming tuberculosis (TB) incidence rate in the country, which is the highest in Asia.

In 2021, we launched a new TB project in the densely populated and impoverished Tondo area of the capital, Manila.

In the southern city of Marawi, we continued to provide general and mental healthcare to people displaced and affected by the armed conflict that erupted between the army and a group related to the Islamic State group in 2017.  

In 2020 and 2021, our teams supported in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and, in 2022, to the typhoon Rai response in Northern Mindanao.

Our Activities in Philippines in 2022

Data and information from the International Activity Report 2022.

MSF IN PHILIPPINES IN 2022 Doctors without Borders (MSF) continued to respond to the high prevalence of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the Philippines, where it kills an estimated three people every hour*.

In 2021, to curb the spread of the disease and reduce the incidence rate – currently the fourth highest in the world – MSF started activities in the capital, Manila. In 2022, we launched new activities with a mobile X-ray truck in the district of Tondo, one of the capital’s most densely populated and impoverished areas, where people are most susceptible to TB infection. In collaboration with the Manila Health Department, our teams provided health promotion to encourage people to undergo chest X-ray examinations. Patients are then referred to local health centres for treatment. Our teams also conduct home visits immediately after the diagnosis to screen households’ close contacts, administer TB skin tests, and offer preventive TB treatment to children. Early diagnosis and treatment are some of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of TB.

In Marawi, in the southern part of the Philippines, we continued to assist people displaced and affected by the armed confrontation between government forces and pro-Islamic State group militants in 2017 by providing general and mental health care, as well as treatment for non-communicable diseases. In December, with the acute and post-emergency phases of our medical response over, we closed the project and handed over activities to local health organisations.

Following the devastation caused in December 2021 by Super Typhoon Rai (locally known as Odette), which affected central and southern Philippines and displaced around 333,000 people, MSF carried out an emergency response in the island province of Dinagat and on outlying islands of Surigao City. Lasting until mid-March, the intervention focused on supporting health facilities with additional staff, running mobile clinics offering mental health and psychosocial support in isolated areas, facilitating referrals of critical patients, distributing hygiene items and safe water, and donating essential medical materials.


*Department of Health 2019 Philippines TB joint program review, https://ntp.doh.gov.ph/download/joint-program-review-2019-epidemiological-review/ 

IN 2022

Brgy. Nazareth, Basilisa, Dinagat Islands: Many villages along the coastal areas were hit by the typhoon, leaving damaged houses. While some families take refuge in evacuation centers, others choose to rebuild their homes with whatever materials they can find.

MSF launches intervention on Islands affected by Typhoon Rai

Press Release 18 Jan 2022
Mental Health

Philippines: Reaching remote villages devastated by Typhoon Tembin

Latest News 19 Jan 2018

Typhoon Haiyan: this sort of disaster is unprecedented in the Philippines

Patient and Staff Stories 21 Nov 2013