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Aid Readied for Disaster Survivors in Indonesia, Philippines and Samoa

by Marlene Minor | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, OR Oct 1, 2009) Medical Teams International Responds with Volunteers and Supplies

Medical Teams International is currently responding to three major disasters now.

Indonesia Earthquake – We have an assessment team on the way into the area. Our partners on the ground are already responding. We’ll send medical teams and medicines as needed in order to address health needs and prevent disease in the days ahead.

Philippines Typhoon – Typhoon Ketsana recently dumped twice as much rain on the Philippines as Hurricane Kaktrina did in New Orleans. More than 280 people have died, 500,000 are homeless and almost 3 million are affected. Another "super typhoon" threatens to hit the same area on Saturday. There's a huge risk that communicable diseases will take many lives. We have partners on the ground and are sending a medical team to the affected area on Sunday. We'll send additional teams and medicines as needed in the days ahead.

Samoan Islands Earthquake and Tsunami – Large areas along the shores of the Samoan Islands have been devastated by vicious tsunami caused by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake. Entire villages have been wiped out. Churches throughout the affected area are responding. We are sending funds and relief supplies to these churches as needed in the days ahead.

“We are doing everything we can to help people affected by these disasters,” says Bas Vanderzalm, president of Medical Teams International. “However, with three major disasters occurring in the same week, we need the help of as many generous and compassionate people as possible at this time

Since 1979, Medical Teams International has shipped more than 1.3 billion in antibiotics, surgical kits and lifesaving medicines to care for 45 million people in 100 countries around the world. More than 2,600 volunteers meet the needs of people worldwide each year.