The Philippines: learning lessons from past disasters

"It is far too simple to say that relief efforts during complex humanitarian emergencies must improve. It is imperative, however, that the global community works toward streamlining viable systems for increasing the speed and efficacy of responses during crises. With a considerable evidence base of previous failures and shortcomings coupled with well-defined monitoring methodology, a great opportunity to learn as we go exists in the relief efforts underway in the Philippines. Disasters are inevitable, and the need to strategically allay human suffering is certain." (The Lancet, Volume 382, Issue 9906, Page 1679, 23 November 2013)