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Medical Teams International Continues Aid to Families in Philippines, Samoa

by Marlene Minor | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, OR Oct 5, 2009 ) Medical Teams International is preparing to airlift two emergency medical health kits valued at $900,000 to the Philippines. Each medical kit provides emergency medicines and supplies for 10,000 people for three months.

Tammy Teske announced the deployment of the first health kit to Manila last week. "Today, the Portland-based health agency is preparing a second kit to treat an additional 10,000 people for three months," said Teske, Medical Team International’s manager of emergency relief.

If clearances are approved, both kits will be shipped from Holland to the Philippines this week, said Teske. The kits will be distributed through partners Food for the Hungry and Christian Reformed World Relief to provide much needed medicines to affected communities.

“We still are on stand-by to send emergency medical teams if they are needed to relieve doctors and nurses who are caring for 600,000 people living in evacuation camps,” Teske added.

In Indonesia, Medical Teams International is working with its partner, MAP International, to help send in a two-person medical team in the Pariaman District, just outside of Padang, Indonesia. Physician Thomas Barry, from New York City, NY, and Physician Assistant Fred Hesser, from Babb, Mont., who worked in Indonesia after the tsunami in 2004, have confirmed they can leave immediately for Indonesia’s disaster zone.

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.