Dulag, Philippines


Photographer: Dana Romanoff

Year of Submission: 2016 (Educators Edition) 

In 2013, after a super typhoon wreaked destruction across much of the Philippines, Robin Lim returned to her home country to head up a disaster relief team. In the typhoon’s aftermath she and a team of midwives delivered 489 babies in a five-squaremetre tent. Before her return to the Philippines, Robin worked in Indonesia, Haiti and Nepal, working with international non-governmental organisations providing care for pregnant and birthing women in the aftermath of natural disasters. Robin decided to work in reducing maternal and infant mortality after her sister died of a preventable condition in pregnancy. As well as her disaster relief work, she also teaches at skills seminars for midwives.