humedica team of doctors treating without interruption

Terrible damage in Tacloban – Countless injured people, many casualties – “People need help urgently” – No supply with water and food

by Steffen Richter,  2013/11/12

It was the view out of the helicopter of the Philippian army which really upset the humedica field unit. They had feared the worst, but the degree of destruction in the former major city Tacloban was disastrous and thus, the team was glad to be able to help quickly.

“Today we are working in an evacuation camp, which is situated itself in a quarter which has been completely destroyed. There are no houses anymore; the survivors are looking for shelter in mountains of rubble. Directly next to us, there used to be a very big block of buildings, in which there were many victims. The desperate people come to see us and ask for medical aid. There are so many deep wounds, typical injuries. But they are primarily also asking for water and food. Up to this day, the supply of water and food has not yet been assured!”

The news from Tacloban arrive in fragments, because of the destroyed technical infrastructure. But the news which our media coordinator Margret Müller (Berlin) is able to broadcast are dramatic. They show how desperate the situation in Tacloban is and how urgently further help is needed.

The first team, consisting of the internists Dr. Anja Fröhlich (Hannover), Dr. Markus Hohlweck (Bonn), Dr. Margrit Wille (Ehringshausen), nurse Matthias Gerloff (Ammerbuch) and the coordinators Margret Müller (Berlin) and Christiane Bähr (Hildesheim) will be reinforced by more helpers, who left Germany on Monday evening along with more aid supplies.

This new group consists of the doctors Selin Temizel (Bochum), Sabine Kirchner (Stollberg), Simeon Janzen (Detmold), Simon Oeckenpöhler (Münster), paramedic Bernd Gisch (Vechelde) and coordinator Raphael Marcus (München). The mission is being carried out in cooperation with our Swedish partner organization Scandinavian Children’s Mission (SCM).

humedica is still soliciting the German population for 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 information visit this homepage and

Possibilities of interviews: There is the possibility to interview our team (unfortunately still quite insecure). If you are interested, please contact our spokesman Steffen Richter.

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