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Stanford University Partners with Medical Teams International to Provide Care to Typhoon Victims

by Angela Pratt | Dec 05, 2013

(PORTLAND, Ore., November 22, 2013) — Medical professionals from the Stanford Emergency Medicine Program for Emergency Response (SEMPER) are joining forces with Medical Teams International (MTI) to help provide care to victims of Typhoon Haiyan.

A team of 9 SEMPER medical specialists will depart Friday, November 22rd and join Medical Teams International’s team of volunteer medical professionals currently on the ground in Cebu to provide assistance with the humanitarian relief and development organization’s disaster response efforts.

“Medical Teams International’s broad range of experience and proven success in responding to disasters made them a strong match for SEMPER to come alongside and go do some good,” said Colin Bucks, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Director of SEMPER.

Medical Teams International has responded to the disaster by shipping medicine and medical supplies and mobilizing volunteer medical teams. Volunteers are focusing their efforts on serving those with the greatest need and least access, currently providing medical care in Guiuan, the first island hit by the forward force of the typhoon.

“We are grateful for the recognition of our expertise in disaster response and Stanford’s partnership as we work to care for those who have been impacted by the typhoon,” said Jeff Pinneo, President and CEO of Medical Teams International.

The SEMPER team will work alongside MTI and partner organization IMC for two weeks providing primary care support. A second SEMPER team is also being assembled for possible deployment, and Medical Teams International will continue to deploy teams as needed.