The Helping Hands Philippines

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edward bartucci

Dr. Michael Bartucci

Nicole parsons

​Super typhoon Haiyan (locally known as super typhoon Yolanda) devastated Tacloban City in November 2013. Thousands of people died, and even more were injured or left without homes/livelihood. Those affected the most were the poor who lived closest to the waterfront. After visiting in December 2013 and seeing the gaps in medical aid being provided, Dr. Michael Bartucci decided to start The Helping Hands Philippines. The Helping Hands Philippines is dedicated to improving the health situation of impoverished and displaced typhoon survivors in Tacloban City. 

Dr. Michael Bartucci is a Canadian family physician and founder/president of The Helping Hands Philippines. He has been volunteering in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines in various capacities over the last 10 years, making connections and friendships that will last a lifetime. He has always been passionate about global health, low resource environments, and vulnerable populations. When he is in Toronto, Dr. Bartucci works in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, as well as in the Department of Family Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. 

Rebecca Mitchell