humedica doctors take over hospital in Tacloban

Situation in Tacloban is still serious – Relief items transport flight starting from Hamburg today

by Steffen Richter,  2013/11/15

This news represent a turning point in this disaster operation, which started last Saturday and which has already covered five days of treatment in Tacloban: With immediate effect, our twelve team members have taken over the “Mother of Mercy” hospital in the heart of Tacloban. Doing so, they increase the team’s scope and possibilities considerably.

“Without any exaggeration, we can say that this fact is no less than a wonder”, said Wolfgang Groß on his way to Munich airport. The humedica managing director is on his way to Hamburg, where he will accompany a relief items transport flight to Tacloban.

In cooperation with the Airbus foundation and Philippine Airlines, the ferry flight of a new A321 this Friday is going to be used for the transport of a new medical team and of urgently needed relief items into the catastrophe region.

Meanwhile, our coordinator Raphael Marcus sent the following message from Tacloban (extracts):”The city and the region are still under shock and the airlift has only really been working since yesterday. There has been complete destruction and the cleaning-up work has not yet really started. The complete structure of international help is only building up and the local resources are very, very scarce.

In the streets, there are still many dead bodies. The people are still going hungry. There will probably not be any electricity during the next months. Hopefully, the US army will soon care for water supply and food should be distributed soon, too. The injuries are similar to well-known earthquake scenarios: contused wounds, lacerations and deep flesh wounds.

In addition to this, there is the humidity, the hot and humid climate, the water everywhere here – this leads to the fact that these wounds get infected very quickly and, not rarely, putrefy. There are also more and more acute respiratory diseases and, for the moment, pregnant women are not being cared for at all.”

humedica explicitly thanks all sponsors and partners until this date, some of them have been: Scandinavian Children’s Mission (SCM), BILD hilft e.V. “Ein Herz für Kinder”, stars4kids – Stiftung Profifußballer helfen Kindern (foundation professional soccer players help children).

humedica is still soliciting for further directed donations for our disaster operations in the Philippines.

      humedica e. V.
      Reference “Typhoon Philippines”
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

For further, continually updated information visit this homepage and facebook.com/humedica.

Possibilities of interviews: There is still the possibility to interview our team (much better connection now). If you are interested, please contact our press officer Steffen Richter.

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