NEWS
  AMDA Ophthalmologist and Cataract Mission in Mongolia 2010
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan
  Follow-up Assessment: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Soul and Medicine Program (ASMP) in Corregidor Island, the Philippines
  AMDA Prosthetic Project/Sports Project in Haiti
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin XII: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Qinghai Earthquake Emergency Relief, China
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Qinghai Earthquake Emergency Relief, China
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IX: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VIII: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VII: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VI: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin V: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief
  AMDA Visits Samoa For the Follow-up of 2009’s Tsunami
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin XI: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin X: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IX: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VIII: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VII: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin VI: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin V: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Haiti Emergency Relief
  AMDA Medical Camp in Sichuan, China
  AMDA Emergency Relief Report: Emergency Relief for Tsunami in Samoa
  AMDA Peace Clinic Opens in Bodhgaya, India
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 16th '09-Emergency Relief for Flood Disaster in South India
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Oct. 13th '09-Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
 

AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Oct. 13th '09- Emergency Relief for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Philippines

  AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Oct. 9th '09-Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Oct. 6th '09-Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 2nd '09-Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 2nd '09- Emergency Relief for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Philippines
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Sept. 18th '09-Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia
  Indo-Japan Emergency Relief Training Program 2009, Manipal, India
  Indo-Japan Emergency Relief Training Program 2009, Manipal, India
  AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Sept. 08th '09: Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia.
  ASMP in Mongolia
  AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin I-II:Emergency Relief for Diarrhea Outbreak in Nepal
  AMDA speaks at UN ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2009 in Geneva
  Emergency Relief for Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
  Kosovo Revisited
  AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) in Indonesia
  GOARN Meeting for Partners in Geneva
  Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Italy
  Emergency Relief for Dam Burst in Indonesia
  UN ECOSOC 2009 Regional Ministerial Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  Signing of MOU between AMDA and Taiwan IHA in Taipei, Taiwan
  Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Manokwari, West Papua province, Indonesia
       


Past Emergency Relief Activities
 

Disaster Rehabilitation through Sports-AMDA Sports Project in Haiti - Diary II

August, 23 2010

 

    

On 18 Aug 2010, the soccer event organized by AMDA took place in Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD), aiming at cheering up the Haitian children that withstood the earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this year.

The young Japanese participants accompanied by AMDA left Tokyo on Aug. 16, 2010 and arrived at Santo Domingo on the afternoon of the 17th. Haitian and Japanese students met for the first time at the hotel. At dinner, Haitian students greeted in Japanese, which broke the ice. After that, students performed a song of their own country.

On Wednesday the 18th, the tournament was ready to kick off! After, the opening ceremony with the presence of guests of honor such as Ambassadors of Japan and Haiti in the Dominican Republic as well as some representatives of the Dominican Authorities, all participants mourned for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, and gave prayers before the game.

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1st Game: Japan vs. Haiti
The Haitian team had a very aggressive game, which showed how determined they were to win the game. Coaches were giving instructions with a loud voice, and players were running all over the field and tackled each other. Japanese eventually won (5-4).

2nd Game: Haiti vs. The Dominican Republic
Even if it was their second game in a roll, the Haitian team was as determined as in the first match. All Dominican members were under 15, but they all were taller than Haitian participants. Dominicans won 7-3.

3rd Game: Japan vs. The Dominican Republic
Japanese players had hard a time competing with the Dominican Republic whose players are taller. Both teams remained focused until the end of the game. In the end, the Dominican Republic won 2-5.

During the breaks and after the tournament, students from the three countries managed to communicate with the assistance of volunteer interpreters. Despite the language barrier, they were able to share on their cultures and their differences. After AMDA completed its emergency relief activities for the victims of Haiti earthquake, the NGO has implemented a double project to physically help the amputated victims (production of prosthetic legs) and psychologically support the traumatized Haitian youth (through the joy of sports and cultural exchanges).

Disaster Rehabilitation through Sports-AMDA Sports Project in Haiti

August, 06 2010

 

    

As part of AMDA’s rehabilitative measures to support the victims of Haiti earthquake in January, 2010, from Aug. 18th-19th, AMDA will be holding a sport event for Haitian youngsters in healing their inner wounds and providing them the opportunities to nurture goodwill with students from Japan and Dominican Republic.

The idea was initially proposed by AMDA President, Dr. Shigeru Suganami, based on a twofold purpose: while AMDA-Haiti Prosthetic Project provides prosthetic legs for those who lost their legs, AMDA-Haiti Sport Project aims to reinvigorate Haitian children through playing soccer – known to be one of the most popular sports in Haiti.

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The two-day event will take place in Santo Domingo, the capital of the neighboring Dominican Republic where AMDA set a logistic hub and conducted Haiti Emergency Relief for four months from January to May. The event site was chosen prioritizing the safety of the participants as it was still difficult to hold an event in Haiti for its prolonged instability.

Not only playing the matches against each country, the children from three countries will also play in combined teams to promote their mutual understanding. There are a range of activities planned beside soccer games including convivial and cultural exchange programs.

While extending a helping hand to those in need, it is hoped that all of the participants would learn to care for others and help each other in a time of adversity.

AMDA Ophthalmologist and Cataract Mission in Mongolia 2010

July, 20 2010

 

    

From June 23rd to July 1st, AMDA Headquarters in collaboration with Mongolian Ophthalmologist Society held “AMDA Ophthalmologist and Cataract Mission in Mongolia 2010” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Having an internationally acclaimed Japanese optician as a lecturer, a six-day workshop was aimed at educating the ophthalmologists from both the capital and regional parts of Mongolia in sharing the expertise according to their needs.

The workshop was attended by as many as 120 ophthalmologists from University of Ulaanbaatar and those from regional areas as far as 1,500km away from the capital. During the workshop, the lectures were held at local medical institutions and opticians where relevant ophthalmological practices and glasses-adjustment techniques were demonstrated. The scenes were televised and received a lot of positive feedback that eventually led the viewers to visit the actual opticians.

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At the Third National Hospital of Mongolia, cataract surgeries were conducted on twenty four patients under AMDA’s assistance. All of the patients were directly or indirectly connected with the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol (Nomohan Incident) in 1939, known as the Soviet-Japan border war. Inherited from 2006’s AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) in Mongolia, the attempt was part of AMDA’s commitments in learning from past tragedies and make use of it for the realization of peaceful world.

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AMDA also donated disposable medical equipments to Mongolian Ophthalmologist Society under the support of the companies, namely, Japan Alcon and Korean Airlines that kindly offered the provision and transportation of the goods.

The Japanese lecturer was very much impressed by the avidness and enthusiasm of Mongolian doctors and sought light in the future of Mongolian ophthalmologic scene.

Ended with great success, another workshop is already scheduled in coming August as a follow-up; the preparation for this year's ASMP is also underway.  

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan

July, 13 2010

 

On July 5th, AMDA team visited two communities in the city of Osh, Kyrgyzstan, to provide necessary assistance to the displaced people in the region.

Yujnyi  village in the south area of Osh:
First visit was to a Kyrgyz community in Yujnyi village located in the southern part of Osh.  AMDA team donated some medical items and conducted medical consultation for the evacuees.  Most of the patients were women and common cases were related to hypertension, headache, stomach complications and kidney infection that were similar to other camps.

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Noonkap temporary evacuation camp:
This camp was occupied by the disabled people after their care center in Osh city was destroyed during the riots. Most of the residents were blind people and their extended families. AMDA doctor conducted medical assistance to about 20 people and most of them were women. 

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AMDA coordinator noticed that all of these camps’ residents were mostly comprised of women and children because during the day time men went back to guard their property and belongings.   The team also met victims of kidnapping, gunshots and gasoline burns.  All camps suffer from lack of basic needs and almost have no medical care.

By further working with Kyrgyzstan’s government and other local organizations, AMDA would explore the ways to support the people of the country. AMDA is looking forward to formalizing working partnerships with Center Interbilim and the Association of Young Entrepreneurs.  

AMDA team completed its relief mission and returned home on July 7th.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan

July, 06 2010

 

 

Since its arrival in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 30th, AMDA’s relief team has been engaged in relief work for the victims of the recent ethnic unrest.

Bishkek

On July 2nd, accompanied by an official from Kygyzstan’s Ministry of Health, AMDA team visited two hospitals, namely, National Center of Maternity And Childhood Welfare and Bishkek National Trauma Hospital. The team received requests from their doctors and patients to supply medicaments which the patients could not afford.

At Bishkek National Trauma Hospital, AMDA doctor treated a number of patients with its resident doctors in the hospital.  Injuries such as general fractures, shattered bones, amputation cases and burn injuries were commonly seen.

As requested, AMDA team donated medicine and other daily goods such as soaps and toothpastes to the hospitals on the following day.   At the same time, the team obtained relief goods for the affected people in the southern province of Osh for their further relief work in the region.

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Osh

In the morning of July 4th, AMDA team flew to the city of Osh in the south where the riot took place.  According to AMDA coordinator, the tension was still perceivable as the buildings were burned and most of the shops were broken into.   The locals said gunshots could still be heard at night.   Joining the members of "Interbilim" International Centre, Kyrgyzstan's respected relief organization active in the area, AMDA team visited two communities comprised of displaced people.

At first, the team visited a camp in the village of Adyr.  There were about 650 people, all of whom were Uzbeks of Kyrgyz-national.   People, mostly women, were terrified by the ordeal and some of them lost their husbands in the unrest.  The psychological trauma was clearly shown in their faces which revealed the need of proper psychiatric care. While donating the medicine and hygiene goods, AMDA doctor saw about 20 -30 patients that were suffering from hypertension and feminine ailments.  

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Secondly, the team visited a small community inland where about 260 people were evacuated in shelters. Most of the people were from a Kyrgyz village in Uzbekistan that fled the area and crossed the border into Kyrgyzstan.  AMDA doctor saw some women who needed medical attention similar to the previous camp and also treated the injuries of children and adults.   This community pleaded for help to get resettled in Kyrgyzstan and not to be sent back to Uzbekistan again.

According to AMDA’s coordinator, it was clear that much help was needed in Osh.  Still now, some of the camps and areas are difficult to enter as they are too dangerous.   

(To be continued in the upcoming report.)

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan

July, 02 2010

 

 

On June 30th, a team of relief personnel from AMDA Headquarters and AMDA Kazakhstan arrived in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. Upon their arrival, they held meetings with Kyrgyzstan’s health minister in determining further direction of its relief effort.

According to the minister, the situation in Bishkek has come back to relatively normal. For those who are in need of medical attention, they are receiving free treatments under the support of the government.

The health minister organized a tour for AMDA to visit local hospitals and medical facilities, namely the National Hospital of Kyrgyzstan and the National Surgical Center. Each facility held approximately 40-50 patients with injuries such as gunshot wounds, bone fractures and skull/spinal cord injuries. Patients in severe conditions are airlifted to Moscow by the government, and still now there are more people waiting to be transferred.

After hearing the requests and concerns from the patients, AMDA decided to donate medicine to those who cannot afford the ongoing medicaments after being discharged. At the same time, the minister asked AMDA to donate medical equipments to replace their outdated machines from Soviet era and help improve their medical infrastructure.

Through the network of AMDA Kazakhstan, the team was also introduced to Interbilim, a prominent humanitarian NGO active in Osh Province, where the conflict first broke out. The director of Interbilim said there are more needs in Osh and it helps AMDA to get the full picture of the situation before making a decision on its further activities.

Accordingly, AMDA team is planning to travel to Osh on the 3rd or 4th of July after paying a visit to Bishkek’s local hospital that has a special pediatric ward for traumatized children. On its entry and further course of action in Osh, both the health minister and Interbilim assured to provide full support to AMDA.

 

 

AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Civil Strife in Kyrgyzstan

June, 29 2010

 

 

In response to the ethnic unrest in Kyrgyzstan, on June 25th, AMDA Headquarters sent one coordinator to Bishkek, the capital.  AMDA coordinator will be joined by one doctor from AMDA Kazakhstan in providing medical assistance to those who are displaced, regardless of their ethnicities.

According to the official announcement from Kyrgyzstan’s Health Ministry, the fatalities from the conflict has topped two hundred, however, the actual death toll is expected to be much higher.  The number of refugees from this unrest, since the middle of June, is approximately 300,000 and among 100,000 of them are internally-displaced Uzbeks.

Osh and Jalal-Abad in the south, where the conflict broke out, are gradually regaining normalcy; the barricades set by the security forces have been removed after the consecutive five-day strife, and markets and public transportation have been reopening.  On the other hand, a curfew was prolonged until June 25th in Osh Province as the overall condition in the region remained unstable.

Upon their arrival in Bishkek, at first AMDA team will visit the Health Ministry for information gathering.  The team will then visit Uzbek refugee camp and conduct health check and QOL survey.  After thorough study on the local needs, AMDA will decide its course of action and nature of medical services. Distribution of medical supplies and daily necessities is also among the options to be considered.

Follow-up Assessment: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

June, 22 2010

For the follow-up assessment on AMDA’s rehabilitative assistance for Chile Earthquake, on June 10th AMDA Headquarters sent one nurse to Talca and Constitucion in the Seventh Maule Province, Chile. During her week-long visit, AMDA nurse revisited the disaster sites and assessed the recoveries of the local conditions. AMDA initially dispatched its relief team in March and made an effort in maintaining infant health and hygiene.

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In Talca, AMDA nurse revisited Talca’s army base and UCM (Universidad Catrica Maule)-both collaborated with AMDA’s in its earlier relief efforts- to discuss upcoming follow-up project in September. It will be initiated on Sept. 18th in accordance with Chile’s Independence Day. Chileans are very much looking forward to this Memorial Day that marks the 200th anniversary of the country’s independence with the expectations to heal the grief of the people.

In Constitucion, AMDA nurse visited a local evacuation camp with AMDA’s contributors to assess the aftermath of the disaster in the coastal areas. The group visited local homes to conduct interviews with the residents.

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According to AMDA nurse, more temporal shelters (made of wood) were built in Constitucion in the last three and a half months, however, basic infrastructures have not yet recovered; water is still being supplied by water trucks and people need to rely on portable toilets. No kitchens are available in the temporal houses so that the residents either build them by themselves or use charcoals to cook outside. The overall living conditions have somewhat improved but they are still far from good.

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People looked fatigued than ever due to prolonged evacuation life and frequent aftershocks, and current rainy season seemed to be affecting their lives even more. However, the locals claimed that they like rain because it “helps to cultivate the crops.”

Amidst the despair, AMDA nurse found a glimpse of hope in the following words of one local lady: “What we need? We need everything from rice to bread to sugar to….everything! But what we really need is “esperanza”-a hope and positive will to overcome this adversity.”  

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AMDA Soul and Medicine Program (ASMP) in Corregidor Island, the Philippines

June, 18 2010

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AMDA conducted its AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) in the historic island of Corregidor in the Philippines on 12th of June 2010. This is the 9th ASMP in the Philippines and took place in the historical place where there were so many casualties during the Second World War.

The island also known as “The Rock” was the target of Spanish, American and Japanese soldiers due to the significant location of the island in the Manila Bay. The 9th ASMP was organized by AMDA-Philippines with the help and fund from AMDA Headquarters in Japan. In all, about 40 participants took the 1.5 hours boat trip from Manila and stayed in the island overnight to participate in the event.

 

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Due to the significance of the place and its history, the president of AMDA attended the ceremony accompanied by president’s office staff and a reverend from Sairenji Temple, Jodo Shu, Nagoya, Japan.  The multi-faith prayer was held at San Jose Church in Corregidor and represented by Catholic and Christian, Bhudhist and Islam leaders.

The ceremony started with a floral offering at the Dome of the Pacific War Memorial Shrine dedicated to the fallen soldiers of Corregidor in the morning and Planting of Trees of Peace in the afternoon continued by the memorial mass in the evening.  The group also visited the Japanese Peace Garden there. In his keynote speech the president of AMDA International, Dr. Shigeru Suganami, highlighted the importance of learning from the past, Sogo-Fujo spirit, coexistence of diversity and world peace.

 

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AMDA Prosthetic Project/Sports Project in Haiti

June, 11 2010

 

   

AMDA-Haiti Prosthetic Project

AMDA has finally launched its next phase of the project in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in January.  AMDA’s coordinator from its headquarters made a two-week trip to Haiti from 15th of May 2010 and visited many local hospital (Gonaives-General Hospital, St. Marc-Nicolas Hospital, Leogane-St. Croix Hospital, Port au Prince- General Hospital and Hospital Espoir), government offices and international NGOs in view of seeking collaboration and assistance for the project.

AMDA has decided to establish a prosthetic laboratory at the Gheskio Hospital in Port au Prince and place its own prosthetic technician to work on the project. Initially the Japanese prosthetic technician will produce and provide prosthesis to 30-50 patients if possible. He will be supported by the local hospital staff if necessary and will be working in collaboration with the orthopedic department of the hospital which is headed by Dr. Hans Larsen. Dr. Larsen is well regarded in the community for his work and he is the president of Orthopedic Association of Haiti.

AMDA’s prosthetic technician will also work at Hospital Espoire in Port au Prince once a week in collaboration with the Orthopedic Doctor of Humedica (a Germen medical INGO). Initial steps to set up the laboratory have already been taken by the technician and soon the machinery and components for the laboratory will arrive in Haiti.

AMDA Sports Project in Haiti

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It is also a desire of the president of AMDA to conduct a friendly soccer/ baseball practice match in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) between junior high school students from Haiti, Dominican Republic and Japan. The event will be held in August and will give a great opportunity to children from three countries to meet, interact and exchange information and ideas. This will be a great opportunity for the youngsters and sure to be a highlight in their struggling life in Haiti.


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AMDA will support 16 Haitian students who are financially disadvantaged, two soccer coaches and a coordinator and organize their travel to Dominican Republic. Beside a meeting/ training session held for the selected students and their parents, AMDA provided the participating students a pair of soccer shoes each and will also provide food and drinks during the upcoming weekly trainings.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin XII: Haiti Emergency Relief

May, 14 2010

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To complement the earlier emergency medical treatments given to the victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti in January, two doctors from AMDA Bolivia flew to Gonaives on May 5th.

Four months have passed since the occurrence of the catastrophe, yet many of the patients were still left with bolts and external orthopedic devices attached.  AMDA’s Bolivian doctors (one orthopedist and one anesthesist) replaced the devices and applied casts on patients for aftercare.

At Hospital Du Selourt, orthopedists were constantly in demand due to lack of medical manpower.   Surgeries were going rather stagnantly as there weren’t enough clinical laboratory technicians and it took extra time as a number of HIV carriers were there among the patients.  Clinical records were not maintained very well hence it was almost relied on the doctors’ judgment in giving appropriate aftercare.

From May 5th to 12th, AMDA doctors handled 14 surgeries (including three severe cases), took care of 26 rehab patients and diagnosed 46 patients other than noted.

The two doctors completed their work and left Gonaives on May 12th.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Qinghai Earthquake Emergency Relief, China

Apr, 20 2010

   

 

After arriving in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan on Apr. 16th, AMDA coordinator met with the officials from Sichuan Academy of Chinese Medicine Science (SACMS) as well as Nong Gong Party, a prominent political party, to discuss further actions in quake-hit Qinghai province.  AMDA collaborated with both parties in 2008’s Sichuan Earthquake which took the form of a months-long joint relief effort. 

According to the local news, the death toll is nearly 1,800 with approximately 300 still missing, however the figure could rise as there are no proper census records at this time.  The earthquake affected the areas in the vicinity of approximately 30,000 sq. km, leaving more than 100,000 people being affected.  At the disaster site, Tibetan volunteers are working as interpreters as most of the victims can only speak Tibetan.

On Apr. 17th, AMDA coordinator visited local hospitals in Chengdu for a survey where some of the patients from Qinghai have been transferred. 

On Apr. 18th AMDA coordinator went to Xining, the capital of quake-hit Qinghai province.  With a help of Nong Gong Party, AMDA donated medicine and other necessities to local authorities to be distributed to the hardest-hit Yushu area.  After a small donation ceremony was held, the relief goods were immediately taken to the health ministry which will then be provided at the army’s medical center in Yushu.

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Later that day, AMDA coordinator visited Qinghai Mother and Children Hospital in Xining where they have been treating about 80 children from the disaster site.  With a half of them severely injured, the children appreciated the dolls given to them and seemed somewhat relieved after the horrific experiences they withstood.

Hoping to carry out its follow up mission after three to six months, AMDA coordinator returned home on Apr. 20th.  As entry to Yushu has been restricted for now, the arrangement is under way.  

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Qinghai Earthquake Emergency Relief, China

Apr, 16 2010

   

 

In response to the appalling earthquake that hit northwestern province of Qinghai, China in the morning of Apr. 14th, AMDA has dispatched one coordinator from its headquarters in Japan on Apr. 15th.

According to a news source, the M7.1-quake has left approximately 760 dead with more than 10,000 people injured.  As there are many people still buried under collapsed buildings, the death toll is expected to rise.  Rescuers are forced to battle high-altitude and chilly weather in the region amidst frequent aftershocks and strong winds. 

As of now, AMDA is in contact with Sichuan Academy of Chinese Medicine Science (SACMS) in Sichuan province, in seeking further possible relief efforts.  SACMS collaborated with AMDA in 2008's Sichuan earthquake which resulted in a joint relief that continued for several months.

AMDA coordinator is expected to arrive in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, on Apr. 16th, and begin preparations as well as information gathering for entering the devastated site.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IX: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 30 2010

   

On Mar. 25th, AMDA’s relief team in Constitucion, Chile, held mobile health and hygiene workshops in the coastal areas that were heavily affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami.  The workshops were carried out in collaboration with local organizations, CESFAM and Salud de Providencia.

The target sites were of those impoverished areas such as San Ramon and its adjacent locations where they lack basic infrastructures.  The team visited several local nurseries as well as a clinic to teach people how to maintain hygiene; particularly instructed young children on hand-wash practices as they are the most practicable methods for preventing infectious diseases.

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Including the mothers of the children, a total of 80 people attended the workshops where parents keenly asked questions on hygiene-related matters.  The staff also introduced adults on how to purify water with chlorine or by boiling water while children enjoyed videos and singing as part of awareness promotion.


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Setting an example for further projects, the workshops ended successfully with good remarks that the guidance was comprehensible and practicable.

(The Chile ER relief was completed at the end of March '10)

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VIII: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 26 2010

   

Since Mar. 23rd, AMDA’s relief team in Talca, Chile, has initiated a range of relief activities mainly targeting the infants in the coastal region of Constitucion, located approximately 100 km from Talca.  Due to the quake-induced tsunami, the region was severely damaged which still has been affecting people’s lives.  Currently AMDA is working in two teams with respective locations and objectives.

Team-1 (Constitucion Hospital)

A group of two AMDA nurses and medical personnel from Constitucion Hospital (one pediatrician and two nurses) is stationed at the Hospital in providing infant health check, health/nutritional guidance as well as giving out relief supplies.

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Team-2 (mobile health check)

Targeting the impoverished villages that are hard to reach, Team-2 visits each household in providing infant health check, health/nutritional guidance and relief goods.


Team-2 is subdivided into three groups with each comprised of personnel from AMDA, Constitucion Hospital, Chilean Government’s ER team and Chilean Army.

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As aftershocks still continue in the region, the local people are unable to rebuild the destroyed houses hence staying in shacks (which could lead to the occurrence of secondary disasters.)  Some of the poor areas originally had no running water or electricity and that has been affecting children’s health.  Chile is currently going through a seasonal change as it is now becoming winter from fall, and this is also causing the children to fall sick.

As a result of this effort, AMDA has managed to collect medical records of 100 children that will be referred to Constitucion Hospital. Medicine used in this mission will be donated to the hospital also.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VII: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 26 2010

   

AMDA’s relief team in Talca, Chile, is about to conduct relief activities in the coastal region of Constitucion that was greatly affected by the quake-induced tsunami.   As of now, the following activities have been planned for Mar. 23rd.

  1. The team will leave for Constitucion from Talca’s army base where AMDA is currently stationed at.
  2. Will store the relief goods after arriving at Constitucion Hospital followed by a briefing with its head and staff.  The hospital will be used as a hub.
  3. Will initiate the relief activities in two teams. 
  4. One coordinator will remain at the said hospital to direct the activities and act as a liaison between the two teams, the Chilean Army and the health bureau of Talca.

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Team-1 will conduct infant health check in collaboration with Constitucion Hospital with its pediatricians and nurses.  The health check is based on a government-driven infant health check program.  The targeted recipients will be 100 babies allegedly malnourished due to the earthquake.  Medicine will be provided if needed.

Team-2 will conduct mobile distribution of relief goods for the households with infants.  An ambulance owned by the municipality will be used to go around the villages that have not yet received sufficient assistance.  The Chilean Army’s ER team will be backing up the relief.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VI: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 19 2010

   

As of Mar. 18th, AMDA’s second relief team has reached Talca where AMDA is setting up a logistic hub for a relief effort targeting the coastal region of Constitucion, the worst tsunami-affected area.  AMDA team is currently stationed at Talca’s army base where support on logistics and security have been provided by the Chilean Army. 

In the afternoon of Mar. 18th, the team visited Constitucion to determine the extent of the damage along the coast.  According to Constitucion Hospital, the death toll is 95 with approximately 80 people missing.

 

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The damage in the area is utterly devastating that the houses and buildings were almost flattened with most of them turned into heaps of debris.  Since the occurrence of the initial earthquake on Feb. 27th, the tsunamis in the scale of 10-15 meters have occurred four times at least.

From now on, the team is planning to conduct relief activities aimed at maintaining infant health.  The team is expected to carry out the distribution of relief goods, mobile health consultations and infant health survey in the region.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin V: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 16 2010

   

Two nurses from AMDA Headquarters and one coordinator from AMDA Peru have arrived in Santiago, the capital of Chile.  The personnel will be the second AMDA team on this mission.  After having a briefing with AMDA’s predecessor coordinator, they allocated a truck for transportation and will be purchasing relief goods on the following day.

At their earliest feasible time, the team is expected to move to Talca where AMDA will be setting up a logistic base for its relief project in the coastal region of Constitucion, the worst tsunami-affected area.  Focusing on the maintenance of infant health, the activities will include the distribution of relief goods, mobile health consultations and infant health survey. 


While garnering support from the local volunteers, municipal health bureau and Constitucion Hospital, Chilean Army will be assisting the logistics and security of the project.


AMDA’s first team already left Chile and returned home.


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 12 2010

   

Based in Talca, Chile, AMDA’s relief team is going to start a relief initiative for the families with infants in the coastal area of Constitucion in Maure region.  The project is aimed at the maintenance of infant health which provides mobile health consultations along with the distribution of relief goods.  The team will also conduct a survey in assessing the current health conditions of the infants. 

Meanwhile, two nurses from AMDA Headquarters in Japan will leave for Santiago on Mar. 14th as AMDA’s second team of relief personnel.  AMDA Peru will be sending one coordinator shortly in joining this mission.

As frequent aftershocks continue in Chile, fear and anxiety constantly reign over the people especially in the coastal areas.  The aftershock in the scale of M 7.2 that happened on Mar. 11th marked the largest quake ever since the occurrence of the initial earthquake on Feb. 27th.  Due to this aftershock, phone lines were cut and roads were closed for several hours which greatly affected people’s lives.


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 09 2010

   

On Mar. 7th, AMDA’s relief team has arrived in Concepcion, the devastated capital of Bio Bio Province, Chile.  Since the team’s departure from Santiago, the team has visited four places, namely Talca, Concepcion, Talcahuano and Penco.


Talca:


On its way to Concepcion, the team stopped by at Talca which is about six-hour drive from Santiago.  The team visited the military base where an ER office is established at the gymnasium.  The military officials kindly agreed to assure the security and logistics of AMDA’s relief effort and offered to provide necessary assistance including the provision of vehicles, personnel and camping equipments if needed.

The team also had a meeting with a local NGO in assessing the local needs and came to the conclusion that it is requisite to donate relief supplies to the infants in impoverished districts.

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Concepcion:


In Concepcion, many of the large buildings have been collapsed around the city and people were lining up for the distribution of relief supplies by the government.  The security in the area has been tightened due to burglary cases, hence armed security guards and military men were seen at the supermarkets, banks and gas stations.

The team visited Hospital Clinico Regional de Concepcion, the state hospital of the region.  The hospital emphasized that paramedical personnel including nurses, lab technicians and assistants are most needed along with medical equipments and medicine.  Despite the severe extent of the damage, the hospital is still unable to grasp the actual state of the disaster victims except for its outpatients.

 

Talcahuano and Penco:

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The local people suggested that most help is needed along the costal regions, Talcahuano and Penco in particular, that were heavily devastated by the quake-induced tsunami.  While the stench filled the air in Talcahuano (twenty minute-drive from Concepcion), the appalling view of destroyed houses, capsized ships and washed-away fishing nets caught the eyes of AMDA personnel. 

The team visited local families and assessed the needs and health conditions of the victims.  Water and food supplies were relatively fulfilled, however, sanitary goods such as powdered milk, diapers as well as children’s clothes were in short supply.  One of the local children was diagnosed as upper respiratory infection.  A number of residents seemed to have been suffering from insomnia and anxiety for days due to excessive stress under such extreme condition.

In Penco, which suffered the biggest damage in the area, 90% of the houses were submerged.  Their household goods including appliances, beds and furniture were all wet and reusing them seemed hopeless.

AMDA’s Further Initiative:


As described earlier, AMDA team is planning to conduct mobile distribution of relief supplies to the children and infants in Penco for a certain period of time.  Meanwhile, the team will continue to be in touch with local humanitarian organizations and authorities in seeking further collaborative assistance.


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 07 2010

   

As of Mar. 6th, AMDA's relief team has arrived in Santiago, the capital of the quake-stricken Chile.  The team consists of one doctor and one coordinator from AMDA Headquarters as well as one counselor from AMDA Bolivia.

While three main roads to the affected regions are severely damaged, frequent aftershocks in the scale of M.6 to M.7 are making things even more difficult.  According to the local report, it should take approximately 20 hours by land from Santiago to the afflicted areas.

AMDA team is currently arranging its transportation and seeking cooperation and advice from the Japanese Embassy as well as local relief organizations.  They are expected to leave for the affected sites as soon as necessary arrangement/preparation is made.

 


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Chile Earthquake Emergency Relief

March, 02 2010

     

In response to the earthquake that struck Chile on Feb. 27th, AMDA has begun its emergency relief.

According to the news source, the 8.8 quake devastated the province of Bio-Bio and other neighboring areas, claiming more than 700 lives with approximately two million people being affected through out the country.  The quake destroyed buildings, roads and bridges in many locations and basic infrastructures such as electricity, water or phone lines are cut.  A number of deaths have also been reported in Santiago, the capital of Chile, as well as O’Higgins, Araucania and Valparaiso.

To confront this catastrophic situation, on Mar. 1st, AMDA Headquarters sent two personnel (one doctor and one coordinator) from Japan to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where they will be joining the team from AMDA Bolivia.  The joint relief team will be heading to Chile at their earliest feasible time.


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AMDA Visits Samoa For the Follow-up of 2009’s Tsunami

March, 02 2010

     

To assess the recovery from the tsunami that struck Samoa in September 2009, on Feb. 23rd, AMDA’s representative revisited the affected areas along the east coast of the country.

On the 29th of September 2009 at 6:48am, an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 occurred in the Pacific Ocean. A resulting tsunami up to six meters in waves caused severe damage to the close-nit community of Samoan islands.  AMDA dispatched relief personnel to help the people immensely afflicted by the calamity.

On this trip, AMDA’s coordinator was accompanied by Dr. Emulsi Puni, the director of Medcen Hospital in Apia, Samoa.  Dr. Puni is an avid contributor to the community rehabilitation and is running a mobile clinic for the local people ever since the tsunami occurred.  The relationship between Medcen Hospital and AMDA dates back to the time of the disaster when AMDA donated medical goods to the hospital.

Among the places AMDA’s representative visited was Lalamanu District Hospital in Lalamanu.  The hospital functioned as a center for medical relief immediately after the tsunami as it was located inland.  Dr. Puni provided medical service immediately after the tsunami which is still being sustained on a weekly basis today.  This time AMDA donated medical supplies to Medecen Hospital to support the operation of Lalamanu District Hospital 

AMDA’s representative also paid visit to a local organization, Women in Business Development Incorporated (WIBD), who partnered with AMDA at the time of the disaster.  WIBD director, Ms. Adi, expressed much appreciation to AMDA’s work and would be glad to be a collaborating partner in the region for AMDA’s future activities.

Along the way, AMDA’s coordinator also made donations to the local school children. All of the donated goods were purchased in Samoa in the notion of supporting local economy.

 

Current Progress of Rehabilitation:

The cleanup work around the town has been successfully completed as there are rarely any un-cleared debris and buildings in the affected areas.  Most of the people who were living in the coastal areas before the Tsunami have since moved to higher grounds and started to settle in. There are some basic traditional houses constructed by NGOs and by the government. Though not sealed the roads are in fairly good condition but the arrival of rainy season will make the transport difficult. People planted home gardens with Taro (Samoa’s staple food), plantain, banana and vegetables.  Local fishing industry regained normalcy as it was evidently seen at the Sunday market.

 


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin XI: Haiti Emergency Relief
February, 26 2010

     

 

Latest report on AMDA Haiti Emergency Relief:

Gonaives (Haiti):
The team of doctors from AMDA Bolivia and a nurse from AMDA Canada completed their mission and left Gonaives. In exchange of AMDA Bolivia's withdrawal, AMDA India will be taking over the mission.  

While the hospital was under staffed and insufficiently equipped, the team of AMDA Bolivia/Canada handled about ten surgeries daily with each day averaging 12-14 hours of work.  The team said there were a lot of cases that needed a skin graft among external wounds and other orthopedic cases.  It is also suggested that the ideal ER team should consist of a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, anesthesiologist or CRNA, RN and scrub nurse.

As described earlier, the mission in Gonaives will be taken over by AMDA India’s team comprised of a general surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, public health specialist and nurse.  The team will be arriving in Port-Au-Prince on Feb. 27th and head to Gonaives accordingly.  One anesthesist from AMDA Canada will be joining them on the same day.


Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep):
While coordinating the incoming/outgoing relief personnel, AMDA’s logistic team in Santo Domingo has been making arrangements for donations to the people in need.  AMDA’s representatives requested a local NGO, Plan Republic Dominicana, to distribute 150 sets of sanitary goods to Haiti.  In addition, soccer balls were sent to a local NGO in Santiago that teaches soccer to the poor Haitian children in the area.

In the mean time, AMDA’s prosthetic project is under way in Elias Pina (approx. 250km northeast of Santo Domingo) that aims to provide prosthetic limbs for Haitian victims as well as people of the Dominican Rep.

 


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin X: Haiti Emergency Relief
February, 16 2010

      

Latest report on AMDA Haiti Emergency Relief:

Gonaives (Haiti):

The doctors from AMDA Bolivia and a nurse from AMDA Canada were busy treating patients in local hospitals.  The days were averaging 12-14 hours of work for the team, handling about ten surgeries/procedures a day.  The cases included splenectomies for blunt trauma and fasciotomies/radial artery ligation for radial artery injuries.  In the meantime, AMDA India is preparing to send their medical personnel from India.

Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep):

On Feb. 14th, two additional coordinators arrived in Santo Domingo from AMDA Headquarters in Japan.  They have already been active in the last two days and are currently making arrangements for donations.

In Elias Pina (approx. 250km northeast of Santo Domingo), AMDA's coordinator is currently in contact with Hospital Rosa Duarte where AMDA is looking into collaborating with the hospital in a project that provides prosthetic limbs for Haitian victims as well as people in Dominican Rep.

On Feb. 14th, two additional coordinators arrived in Santo Domingo from AMDA Headquarters in Japan.  They have already been active in the last two days and are currently making arrangements for donations.

In Elias Pina (approx. 250km northeast of Santo Domingo), AMDA's coordinator is currently in contact with Hospital Rosa Duarte where AMDA is looking into collaborating with the hospital in a project that provides prosthetic limbs for Haitian victims as well as people in Dominican Rep.

 


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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IX: Haiti Emergency Relief
February, 09 2010

      

Latest report on AMDA Haiti Emergency Relief:

Gonaives (Haiti):
On Feb. 5th, after arriving in Gonaives, doctors from AMDA Bolivia and a nurse from AMDA Canada have started working in local hospitals.  Upon entering Gonaives, the Bolivian doctors brought in around fifteen boxes of medical consumptions (approximately 20kg each) that would help the short supply of medicine.  In exchange of the team’s arrival, the doctors from AMDA Nepal returned to Nepal on Feb. 6th.

Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep):
While AMDA’s logistic team is busy coordinating the incoming/outgoing relief personnel, two coordinators are currently conducting a feasibility assessment in Elias Pina (approx. 250km northeast of Santo Domingo) for the project aiming to provide prosthetic limbs for the disaster victims.  Not only does it target the Haitian victims, the project also includes people in need of such devices in Dominican Rep. 

For further dispatch of personnel, additional two coordinators from AMDA Headquarters will leave Japan for Santo Domingo on Feb. 13th.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VIII: Haiti Emergency Relief
February, 05 2010

      

Latest report on AMDA Haiti Emergency Relief:

St. Marc (Haiti):
A team comprised of two doctors from AMDA Nepal and one coordinator from AMDA Peru has completed its mission and is scheduled to leave St. Marc shortly.  During their stay, the team performed ten to twelve operations per day ranging from surgical cases, trauma care to childbirth delivery.

Gonaives (Haiti):
Doctors from AMDA Bolivia and a nurse from AMDA Canada have arrived in Santo Domingo, AMDA’s logistic hub in Dominican Rep.  As of Feb. 5th, they are on their way to Gonaives.

Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep):
On Feb. 2nd, AMDA staff procured food supplies such as dried foods (10kg.x14 boxes), spaghetti (5kg.x50 packs), cooking oil (500lbs.x18 boxes) and seasoning (10kg.x8 boxes) to be sent to the victims in Port-au-Prince.  PINP (People in Need of Partnership), an NGO active in Haiti, will handle the distribution under the banner of AMDA.  With the help of PINP’s local counterparts and local government officials, the goods are expected to be delivered to the areas where relief supplies are yet to be reached.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VII: Haiti Emergency Relief
February, 02 2010

     

 

Having its logistic base in Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep), AMDA’s relief teams are currently active in St. Marc and Gonaives, both located at the northwest of Port-au-Prince, the devastated capital of Haiti.

St. Marc (Haiti):
As of Feb. 2nd, a team comprised of two doctors from AMDA Nepal and one coordinator from AMDA Peru is stationed in St. Marc.  The team will be working in St. Marc until Feb. 5th followed by AMDA’s Bolivian team taking over their work.

Gonaives (Haiti):
Medical personnel from AMDA Canada and AMDA Colombia left Gonaives after successfully completing their mission.  As relief personnel are constantly alternating between St. Marc and Gonaives, further dispatch of personnel is currently being discussed.

Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep):
AMDA’s logistic team visited Elias Pina (Dom. Rep) to assess the possibility in setting up a rehabilitation center for the victims of the earthquake.  The team visited a government-run hospital where the center could be established under the hospital's support. 

In the meantime, AMDA’s representative will be having a meeting with the officials regarding the donation of relief distribution for the Port-au-Prince area. 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin VI: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 27 2010

     

As of Jan. 27th, AMDA has dispatched its relief teams to Gonaives, approximately 120km northwest of Port-au-Prince, and Jimani, the town at the Dom.Rep-Haiti border.

 

In Gonaives, orthopedic surgeons from AMDA Colombia and nurses from AMDA Canada are actively working in two local hospitals, 1) Hospital de Secours des Gonaives (next to UN Compound where AMDA team is accommodated), and 2) Saint Dyagnostik Entegral Raboto. 

 

To complement the short supply in medical equipments such as external fixations, plates and screws for orthopedic treatments, AMDA's logistic team in Santo Domingo will be delivering these items shortly through CCISD, its collaborating organization in Haiti. 

 

While updated information is awaited from Jimani, one coordinator from AMDA Peru will leave Santo Domingo for Jimani on Jan. 27th.   At the same time, a coordinator from AMDA Headquarters as well as two doctors from AMDA Nepal will be arriving in Santo Domingo on Jan. 27th and 28th respectively. 

 

At AMDA's Headquarters in Japan, AMDA's President, Dr. Suganami, who had just arrived from Santo Domingo on Jan.27th, will hold a meeting with officials for further initiatives.

 

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin V: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 24 2010

     

After arriving in Dominican Republic, AMDA's President, Dr. Suganami, visited Jimani at the Dom.Rep-Haiti border to discuss further initiatives with UN and the local health ministry.  

Considering that a considerable amount of assistance has begun reaching St. Marc (60km north of Port-au-Prince) where AMDA had worked for a past week, from now on AMDA teams will be sent to two locations, Jimani and Gonaives (120km northwest of Port-au-Prince) respectively for further activities.

In the meanwhile, medical professionals from AMDA's global chapters are arriving in Santo Domingo (Dom. Rep.) where AMDA has established its logistic hub.  The dispatch of the personnel is under way and additional staffs are expected to arrive shortly from overseas.

Current list of relief personnel:

Team 1 consisting one doctor and two coordinators from AMDA HQs, one nurse from AMDA Canada arrived on 16 Jan.

Team 2 with two doctors from AMDA HQs arrived on 21 Jan.

Team 3 of two nurses from AMDA Canada, one coordinator from AMDA Peru, one doctor from AMDA HQs, two surgeons, one anesthesiologist and two nurses from ADMA Colombia arrived on 22-23 Jan.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 21 2010

    

 

St. Nicolas Hospital in St. Marc, Haiti, where AMDA team is currently working at, is running out of space and facing severe lack of surgeons and facilities. In the mean time, another request was made to AMDA to take care of a regional hospital in Gonaives. There is a Cuban community in the region, hence the surgeons (orthopedic surgeons) from Spanish speaking countries are said to be in demand.

Most of the injuries cases are fractures including multiple fractures and exposed fractures, as well as compressed-muscle related injuries. Due to lack of proper treatments, many patients had to go through amputations to save their lives.

St. Nicolas Hospital is filled with following injury cases:

Multiple fractures, dislocations, sprains and strains, intracranial injuries, internal injuries of chest, abdomen and pelvis, open wounds, broken skulls, burns, injuries to nerves, spinal cords and blood vessels. Paraplegic conditions are also seen.

Doctors and nurses from all over the world are working around the clock, however, patients never stop coming in. Unfortunately, one patient (male, 23) died at the operating table due to multiple-fracture complications to his upper body.

AMDA team was asked to get involved in coordinating the operations/missions at the St. Nicolas Hospital conducted by American doctors from Boston, AMDA and St. Nicolas Hospital. The team is working hard to bring the patient management and patient-record management systems into an orderly manner for easier screening prior to operations.The team also worked on security matters, regulating the visiting hours for the visitors to the hospital.

AMDA team will continue to work at the hospital and at the same time, will communicate with its logistic hub in Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep.) for further relief efforts.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 20 2010

   

 

AMDA's relief team (comprised of one doctor, one nurse and one coordinator) has arrived in St. Marc, approximately 60 km north of Port-au-Prince, the devastated capital of Haiti.  The team is in collaboration with a Canadian NGO, "CECI"(Center for International Studies and Cooperation) that has their activity base in St. Marc. 

AMDA'ss medical personnel are on full schedule to treat the patients at the local Saint Nicolas Hospital. The hospital is inundated with excessive number of patient and surgical operations cannot simply catch up with them.  Medical professionals such as surgeons/orthopedic surgeons, anesthetists and nurses are much needed and other nearby hospitals are in urgent need of help as well.

In the meanwhile, Dr. Shigeru Suganami, the President of AMDA, has left for Santo Domingo, the capital of the neighboring Dominican Republic, on Jan. 20th from Japan.  Dr. Suganami hopes to meet with the government officials to solidify logistics for incoming AMDA medical teams. 

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 18 2010

   

As the entry to Haiti has been halted, AMDA's relief team has arrived in Santo Domingo, the capital of the neighboring Dominican Republic.  AMDA is going to use Santo Domingo as a satellite base and will send a team of medical personnel to St. Marc in Haiti, the north of Port-au-Prince.  St. Marc is not affected by the earthquake and as of now, the evacuees from Port-au-Prince are moving to evacuation camps and shelters in St. Marc.  The team will leave Santo Domingo on Monday, Jan. 18th and is planning to conduct medical relief activities in St. Marc. 

On this mission, AMDA is in close collaboration with a Canadian based NGO, "CECI"(Center for International Studies and Cooperation) which has a well-established framework with the help of local government in the shelters and camps. The delivery and transportation of releif goods and donations will be handled by "BONO"(Centro Francisco Bono), a local NGO in Santo Domingo.On the other hand team is also looking into collaborating with PINP (People In Need Partnership), an Alaska-based NGO with its main activities in Port-au-Prince, to conduct some relief goods distribution and other activities.

While the team is on the way, AMDA staff in Santo Domingo will handle various arrangements.  AMDA's Japanese Headquarters is currently coordinating its global chapters for the further dispatch of medical personnel.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Haiti Emergency Relief
January, 15 2010

   

In response to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12th, AMDA is dispatching relief personnel to Port-au-Prince, the capital.  The extent of the damage is appalling and the death toll may reach historc heights, a news source said.  According to UNOCHA, the basic infrastructure is not yet recovered and roads are blocked off.

One doctor and two coordinators from AMDA Headquarters in Japan will leave for Haiti on Jan. 15th via Miami and expected to reach Port-au-Prince on Jan. 16th.  The team will be joined by a nurse from AMDA Canada and is going to carry out relief activities based on local needs.  

 

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AMDA Medical Camp in Sichuan, China
January, 08 2010

   

As a commemorative effort for Sichuan Earthquake in May 2008, AMDA conducted medical activities from 13th to 22nd of December 2009 in Sichuan, China.  Targeted at the local school pupils, the activities mainly focused on the prevention of the widespread H1N1 flu.

AMDA, with its collaborating partner Sichuan Academy of Chinese Medicine Science (SACMS) visited three main schools that are badly affected by the 2008 earthquake.   The team conducted activities as below:

1) Medical checkup for middle school pupils

A team of twelve doctors and six nurses from Guang Yuan Zhong Guang Hospital conducted a medical checkup for 1,183 students. Every student was checked for height, weight, blood pressure, vision, colour discrimination, ear, teeth and throat, abdominal and internal checkup and so forth. Among the findings, 11% of examined students had a perfect health. Most of the students were suffering from regular illnesses such as hypo-chromatopsia, myopia, simple goiter, otitis media, colour blindness, flat foot, obesity and anemia.

2) Prevention and awareness education against H1N1 flu

Realizing the importance of prevention of H1N1, AMDA and SACMS organized awareness and prevention education for children in two different schools. In total about 800 students from Shang Xi Primary School in Guang Yuan and Yan Jiang Primary School in Du Jiangyan received the informative session. After the session, both schools received the donation of TCM tablets for H1N1 flu.

3) Anti-H1N1 flu medicine distribution for pupils

With the help of SACMS, AMDA also distributed traditional Chinese medicine tablets to students for prevention of H1N1 flu infection. These tablets were, according to SACMS, well recommended by the government and will be a great help for the children who cannot afford them otherwise. AMDA donated 2,400 boxes of tablets for the students. The donation was carried out in two main schools in the affected area; Shang Xi Primary school of Guang Yuan District and YanJiang Primary school in Du Jiangyan District.    

AMDA also provided thermometers as well as story books for children in several schools.

 

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AMDA Emergency Relief Report: Emergency Relief for Tsunami in Samoa
November,10, 2009

   

On the 29th of September 2009 at 6:48am an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 occurred in the Pacific Ocean. A resulting tsunami up to six meters in waves caused severe damage to the close-nit community of Samoan islands and Samoa.   

On Tuesday October 13th two coordinators from AMDA Headquarters left for the island of Samoa to assess the situation and to assist the people of Samoa who suffered immensely due to the tsunami. The team made an initial stop at Auckland, New Zealand and bought necessary medical supplies to donate to the local hospital MEDCEN in Apia, Samoa.

On the 14th of October the coordinators left Auckland for Apia, Samoa with a grief-therapist (MNZAC) from New Zealand.  AMDA team was welcomed by the members of Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) who is the collaborating partner of AMDA in Apia for this mission.

On Thursday 15th October AMDA team visited many affected areas with the help of WIBDI. The team could clearly see the magnitude of the damage and devastation to the landscape caused by the tsunami. People from the affected areas have moved to higher grounds and already started to build their shelters with the help of families and friends. There, AMDA team witnessed firsthand impact of the tsunami on the families in their temporary shelters and met with the family members. According to the professional observation, it was evident that the affected people were expressionless due to shock and trauma.

On the 16th of October the team donated medicine to the director of MEDCEN Hospital. The hospital conducted not only emergency medical clinic in many affected villages but also helped to clear the land to construct new shelters.

The two coordinators returned to Japan on the 18th of October while the therapist stayed until the 20th of October and continued with much needed grief-therapy. 

The therapist conducted many one-on-one counseling sessions for the staff of WIBDI and staff of Faataua-Le-Ola (FLO), the lifeline counseling service in Samoa.  Since the tsunami these staff have been working overtime in the disaster area assisting survivors and providing support to families. These professional care-givers have been affected both personally in their own families as well as are being vicariously traumatized by working constantly with, witnessing and hearing the suffering of families and individuals in deep shock and grief. It was also visible that there was a strong need on ongoing follow up debriefing, support and training of professional staff in order for them to function well and be able to continue their field work effectively.

 

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AMDA Peace Clinic Opens in Bodhgaya, India
November,13, 2009

   

On Nov. 1st 2009, the opening ceremony of AMDA Peace Clinic was held in Bodhgaya, India, the world heritage site known as the Buddhist sanctuary.  Attended by Dr. Shigeru Suganami, the president of AMDA, Dr. Kamath of AMDA India and Dr. Samarage of AMDA Sri Lanka, the ceremony welcomed the priests from neighboring temples, Japanese religious leaders and local residents to celebrate the completion of the facility. 

Seven years from the initial planning, one Ayurvedic doctor from AMDA Sri Lanka is now stationed at the clinic in providing Ayurvedic treatments to the people in the region.  The clinic aims to establish close ties with other medical facilities including that of Western medicine hence allowing further collaborations in the way of treatments.  It is hoped that the cooperation with neighboring hospitals would strengthen the areas such as first aid upon patient-transfer and patients referral services.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 16th '09- Emergency Relief for Flood Disaster in South India
October,16, 2009

   

Flood caused by a record-heavy fall of rain in late September has taken away hundreds of lives and displaced approximately 2,500,000 people in the provinces of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh (as of Oct. 7th.)  More than 200 people were reportedly killed in Karnataka, the most devastated province, and over 350,000 people are now evacuated in evacuation camps.

In response to this calamity, on Oct. 11th, a coordinator from AMDA Headquarters in Japan arrived in Karwar, Karnataka to join AMDA India in providing assistance.

On Oct. 12th, AMDA visted Utara Kannanda and met with local officials. The team assesed the extent of the damage in three most affected villages as advised by the local officials.

At the villages of Binaga and Sakalbag, greater area is under water and many of the houses (made of mud) were destroyed.  On Oct. 13th, AMDA team distributed various goods to local children including clothes, book bags, stationery and biscuits.  As of now, the villagers are doing their best to reconstruct the area. 

AMDA team is currently planning on further initiatives.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin IV: Oct. 13th '09- Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
October,13, 2009

     

For the victims of the recent earthquake in Indonesia, AMDA is currently engaged in mobile clinic in the district of Pariamang in Western Sumatra.  Current team (since Oct.5th) comprises a second party of medical personnel from AMDA Headquarters (Japan), AMDA Indonesia and a local NGO.

In the morning of Oct.8th, the team visited the villages of Toboro and Rawan, treating 130 patients in total.  The team refilled medical goods on the following day, and visited the village of Koto Sungai on Oct. 10th where they saw 89 patients.  Maladies such as posttraumatic stress disorder and acute upper respiratory inflammation were commonly seen that were likely caused by the lack of shelters.  In addition, many of the patients were suffering from chronic diseases they have originally had.

According to our local report, injury cases were not as high despite a number of people being crushed to death by collapsed buildings.  The demand for emergency medical relief is rapidly shrinking, hence further continuation of relief activities will be judged upon the changing local needs.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Oct. 9th '09- Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
October,09, 2009

   

A team of medical personnel from AMDA Headquarters and AMDA Indonesia has been conducting mobile clinic in Pariamang (59km north of Padang.)  On Oct.6th, in cooperation with a local NGO, the teams visited Ranta Mindu Nan Sabaris and Mgoppo Taram Urakan, treating 138 patients.  While a number of patients had a cold as they were forced to remain outside for the lack of shelters, many reported ocular pain and sore throat due to the dust from collapsed buildings

On 7th Oct., the team spent a day in Anpang Kota Padang and treated 190 patients.  The common maladies included external injuries as well as cold and insomnia due to the lack of accommodations.

The first team of medical personnel from Japan withdrew from the site and returned to Japan in the afternoon of Oct.8th.  The rest are carrying on with the relief activities.

 

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Oct. 6th '09- Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
October,06, 2009

  

As of Oct.6th, AMDA's medical mission for Sumatra earthquake is engaged in several relief initiatives.

1) AMDA Indonesia is currently assisting surgical operations in Jameer General Hospital in Padang City.  AMDA supplied much needed medical equipments to fulfill the shortage of such commodities.

2) On Oct.4th, a team of medical personnel from AMDA Headquarters and AMDA Indonesia conducted mobile clinic in Pariamang (59km from Padang.)  In cooperation with a local NGO, mobile clinic was held in two villages, Kanpong Koto and Kolon Parit. The team diagnosed approximately 100 patients in each village and found common cases such as bone fractures and external wounds due to fallen objects, headache and dizziness, respiratory diseases (asthma, pneumonia), chronic diseases (diabetes, high blood pressure), cataract, parasite infection, and skin diseases. 

Areas along Pariamang were severely damaged and no assistance has reached the region at this stage; the continuation of medical relief is a must. 

Dispatched medical personnel:

AMDA Indonesia - nine
AMDA Headquarters - seven

General statistics:

According to the announcement of Indonesian Health Minister, the estimated death toll may rise up to 4,000.  While the rescue work continues in Padang, thousands of people are still buried under debris.  Indonesian government said the current number of casualties is 809 whereas UN OCHA stated that it should be around 1,100.

  

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 2nd '09- Emergency Relief for Sumatra Earthquake
October,02, 2009

 

On Oct.1st, AMDA Headquarters in Japan dispatched a medical team comprised of one doctor and one physical therapist to the disaster stricken Padang, Western Sumatra in Indonesia. The team will be joining with AMDA Indonesia upon their arrival in Jakarta in the evening of Oct. 2nd, and leave for the affected area on Oct. 3rd.

Currently, AMDA Indonesia's first team of three medical professionals is already on their way to the affected site. A strong earthquake, registering 7.6 Richter scale, originating at 80km depth under sea level, hit the coast of Padang on Sept. 30th. Many buildings including hospitals and hotels were destroyed and thousands of people were buried under the rubble. According to Indonesia's Social Affairs Ministry (as of Oct. 1st), the death toll has risen up to 467.

  

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Oct. 13th '09- Emergency Relief for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Philippines
October,13, 2009

A team of AMDA personnel assessed the extent of the damage after their arrival in Manila on Sept.29th.

The team visited shelters at four different locations in Marikina, Manila for assessment: one of the shelters was located in a school where there were about 3,000 to 3,500 people seeking for accommodations; one classroom was even occupied by 25 families.

Joint medical mission with the Philippines Air Force

With the reference and recommendation by AMDA personnel's relative in the Philippines, the team came in contact with RRATSW (Ready Reserve Airlift and Tactical Support Wing, Philippines Air Force (PAF). 

Followed by the meeting with PAF officials, they invited the team to join their mission and requested for the provision of medical supplies.

The joint medical mission with PAF was originally planned for Oct. 2nd at Balingasa, however, it had to be postponed a few times due to the unsettled weather which pulled out PAF doctors to more severely affected locations.

Finally, six PAF doctors were secured for Oct. 10th joined by four local AMDA volunteers. AMDA donated about 110,000 pesos worth of medicine and 1,300 bars of soap to PAF for this mission.

As for the medical treatment, the team saw 438 patients including 235 children and 60 elderly people. Among the common maladies were cold, skin infections and eye disorders.

Distribution of relief goods (Oct. 7th '09)

The team left Manila in three vehicles with relief goods and reached the town on Cardona in the early morning of Oct.7th.  A boat was hired to bring the team of eleven members along with the relief supplies for about 500 families in Pipindan village in Binadgonan, Rizal Pipindan.  The team reached Pipindan village after a 45 minute- boat ride in the flooded lake.

Pipindan has a population of over 5,000 and about 2,500 families. Over 150 houses were totally destroyed and about 500 houses were partially or totally affected. Part of the village and houses are still under water and there was no sign of water level going down.

The relief mission was divided into three parts:1)Brief dental instruction for children, 2)Relief goods distribution, 3)Visit to the affected area. 

AMDA Philippines's medical/surgical/dental mission

AMDA Philippines office in Manila's China Town itself was partially damaged by the flood. AMDA Philippines, under the leadership of Dr. Primitivo Chua, conducted a medical/surgical/dental mission for the victims who are currently relocated at Ultra Sports Complex in Pasig City. As a whole, 541 patients visited the temporary clinic service.

This is in coordination with AMDA Philippines, Asian Medical Students Association (AMSA Philippines), Lions Club Manila Chinatown (LCMC) and Asian Medical Mobile Services (AMMS).

For details, see AMDA Philippines' official blog.

  

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Oct. 2nd '09- Emergency Relief for Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy), Philippines
October,02, 2009

In response to the Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) that struck the island of Luzon, Philippines on Sept. 26th '09, AMDA Headquarters has sent two personnel to the afflicted site.  According to the official announcement, the death toll has topped 240 and more than 450,000 people have been displaced.  While about 80% of Manila is under water, the greater area is suffering from electric outage.  On Sept. 27th, the government of the Philippines declared a state of emergency around Luzon and twenty-five provinces.


AMDA personnel have left for the Philippines on the 29th and are currently conducting a needs assessment for further initiative.  One of the two personnel is from Kurashiki Pilipino Circle, a group of Philippino residents in Okayama, Japan.

   

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Sept. 18th '09-Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia
September,18, 2009

On 6th Sept. '09, loaded with relief goods and medical consumptions, the team from AMDA Indonesia (two doctors and one nurse) left for the affected area via Bandung where they had briefing and assessment needed for further initiative.  The team then chose Cianjur as its target location as there were many victims in the area.

In the morning of 7th Sept., the team arrived in Cianjur and met with the regional department of health and IDI Cianjur.  The team rented a car to reach the most devastated villages, Cikangkareng and Pamoyanan, as they were approximately 100km (seven-hour distance) from the capital. 

At the refugee camp:

The refugee camp was divided into two areas; Cikangkareng and Pamoyanan.  The situation was already calm but occasional afterquake was still occuring.  While many people died and hundreds of buildings were destroyed, about 350 volunteers were engaged in helping the survivors.  Dead bodies were still waiting to be recovered as many of them still buried under the ground.  The emergency phase was said to have passed, however, the volunteers are expected to carry out emergency relief in case of any possible disaster.  

AMDA team provided medical supplies and gave medical treatment at the camp.  The team also did post traumatic therapies for the children.  As the team went around the area, they also gave food supplies to the victims.

Overall the team had treated 134 patients (60 male and 40 female, 34 children) with acute respiratory infections (31 patients), wounds (2), dermatitis (4), gastrointestinal tract diseases (16), cephalgia (22) and hypertension (10).  The rest of 49 patients had arthritis, conjunctivit, gingivitis etc.

The team completed its mission on 9th Sept. '09 and withdrew from the area.

 

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Indo-Japan Emergency Relief Training Program 2009, Manipal, India
September,12, 2009

Considering the scale and effects of recent disasters around the world, networking with other organizations has become essential for more timely and coherent assistance toward the victims.  Academia plays a very important role in the humanitarian relief as well as in the outbreak response for infectious disease. It is also a very important role of academia to train and educate professionals for these functions. AMDA is fortunate to have six academic institutions as our present collaborating organizations.

With the ever rising number and expanding scope of natural disasters around the world the involved parties, Manipal University, Okayama University and AMDA, have recognized the need for more effectiveness and efficiency in the field of emergency Relief.   As a result a four-day "Indo-Japan Emergency Relief Training Program 2009" took place from 26-29 August at Manipal University, India. It was co-sponsored by Manipal University and Okayama University in collaboration with AMDA.

The main objective of the session was to train and equip personnel engaging in future emergency relief activities with knowledge, skills and techniques so that they may serve the people in need in an effective manner.

The program was not only well represented by participants from various disciplines like Medicine, Nursing, Engineering, Pharmacy, Communication, and Management but also resourced by various institutions with wide areas of topics, such as:

  • Disaster Management Scenario in Indian context by National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), New Delhi.
  • Commitment for children during emergencies, Theory and good practices during rapid and extended assessment by UNICEF
  • Application of spatial technology, topological, and demographic information for disaster management by Okayama University, Japan
  • The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network(GOARN): 9 years of international collaboration for outbreak response and Cholera epidemic control in Zimbabwe 2009 by WHO-GOARN
  • Psycho-social rehabilitation after disaster by National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro-Science (NIMHANS).
  • Basic life support demonstration by Manipal University.
  • On the field with AMDA by AMDA-Japan

The training program also brought AMDA and GOARN one step closer together for future collaboration between the two organizations. The inauguration ceremony of the conference had Mrs. Hemalatha, Udupi District commissioner, as the chief guest on the first day and concluded with a valedictory function with Dr. M.V. Kamath, a reputed journalist, as the chief guest on the last day. The joint effort by AMDA, Manipal University and Okayama University was congratulated by chief guests and other participants on its great success.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Western Java, Indonesia
September,08, 2009

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In response to the devastating earthquake that struck western Java, Indonesia in the afternoon of Sept. 02nd, AMDA Indonesia has sent a relief team comprised of two doctors and one nurse.  The team has left for the disaster site on Sept. 05th and is currently engaged in a medical relief.  As Indonesian Government has not appealed for any assistance from the overseas at this stage, AMDA Indonesia is solely in charge of this mission.

According to an official announcement (as of Sept. 4th), it is reported that 64 people were killed, 37 people have been missing and more than 27,000 have been displaced.  The earthquake destroyed over 54,000 houses and buildings.

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ASMP in Mongolia
September,01, 2009

On 24th Aug, 09, AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) was held at Ulaanbaatar's Gandan Temple, the largest Buddhist monastery in Mongolia.  This year marks the seventieth anniversary of the Nomohan Incident, the border conflict between the Soviet Union and the Empire of Japan occurred in 1939.  Commonly known as the Battle of the Harhan River in Mongolia, the event paid tribute to every victim of the war as it was tragically resulted in the ethnic divide among Mongolians themselves.

The fifty-some participants included the monks from Gandan Temple, Japanese religious leaders as well as the representatives from AMDA Mongolia and AMDA Headquarters, local citizens and tourists.  They all gave prayer for peace and vowed not to repeat this human tragedy again.

As there has been a rising momentum in reviewing the historical facts of the battle in recent Mongolia, the ceremony was televised through the national educational channel and was also aired in Kazakhstan.  

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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin II:Emergency Relief for Diarrhea Outbreak in Nepal
August 18, 2009

On the 1st of Aug. 2009, a team of one coordinator and one doctor from AMDA Headquarters arrived in Kathmandu and on the 3rd of Aug., along with one doctor from AMDA-Nepal and a local T.V reporter left for Jajarkot. At the Jajarkot district headquaters office/hospital the doctors consulted a few patients after meeting with the medical doctor in charge of the diarrhea outbreak. After a few hours at the district headquarters it was decided that the team will move to another remote part of Jajarkot to provide medical assistance.

On the 4th of Aug., the team arrived and started working at a temporary army medical camp at the village of Karkigoun in Salma/Sudari region.  The camp which covered around five villages was set up at a local school and according to the army there were about 500 outpatients since they opened the camp a week ago. However, only about 100 were diarrhea and the numbers were close to none when the team reached Salma.

The local sanitary condition was worse as seen in the school toilet and other public places due to lack of running water nearby.  People and animals shared drinking-water source and bathed together in the river.  Children walked around on bare foot without caring the feces of livestock which seemed one of the main causes of soil-transmitted helminthes infection such as Ancylostoma. Having seen the conditions, the team decided to conduct mobile sanitary/health education around the villages to teach general hygiene practices as they felt the need to keep up the sanitary practices to avoid any risk of future outbreak. AMDA team with the Army medical doctors conducted a door-to-door visit and gave advice on better hygiene practices to avoid future outbreaks.

The team then proposed the village leaders and school committee to clean the toilet together that was left abandoned. In return, AMDA agreed to cover the cost of bringing clean water from the mountains to the schoolyard.  Accordingly, AMDA donated the pipe needed to bring the water from the mountain to the schoolyard with a simple system.  A small water pool will be made with stones near the water source and then the pipe will simply be inserted. Then using the slope of the mountain the water will be brought down to the schoolyard.  As AMDA team was about to complete the mission and withdraw from the site, it was agreed that the army is going to look after this job up to its completion.

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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin I:Emergency Relief for Diarrhea Outbreak in Nepal
July. 31, 2009

A severe outbreak of diarrhea is sweeping across the remote districts of western Nepal. So far the outbreak has claimed more than 183 lives and according to the latest reports it seems to spread to the neighboring districts. Jajarkot located about 370 kilometers from Kathmandu, was the hardest hit by the outbreak with the number of toll standing around 135. Jajarkot is one of the five districts of the Bheri-Zone in the west part of Nepal. The outbreak which started in May seems to have been caused by contaminated water due to poor sanitation. Water scarcity, open defecation and lack of knowledge about good hygiene practices may have worsened the situation.


There are various emergency camps set up by the government and AMDA-Nepal has already sent a team of four paramedics to the affected site on the request of the government officials. The team of four, all from the AMDA Siddhartha Children and Women Hospital (SCWH) has already reached the town of Surkhet and waiting for the weather to clear in order to continue their journey to Jajarkot.


AMDA headquarters has also decided to send a two-member team from Okayama, Japan on the 1st of August to join the AMDA Nepal team in the ground. A coordinator from AMDA headquarters and a medical doctor from Okayama University will leave Japan on the 1st of August and plan to reach the Jajarkot town by the 3rd of August. The team will provide health services and assistance together with the local medical professionals from AMDA-Nepal and the government of Nepal. A local national news paper reporter from Nepal will accompany the Japan team to the affected site. 

 

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AMDA speaks at UN ECOSOC High-Level Segment 2009 in Geneva
July. 31, 2009

On July 6th '09, AMDA was chosen to make an oral presentation at UN ECOSOC High-level Segment, Annual Ministerial Review 2009 held at the United Nations' European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.  The pillar of the four-day conference was the assessment of the progress of United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focusing on "Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to global public health". 

In his presentation, AMDA's President, Dr. Shigeru Suganami, has introduced AMDA Peace Building Project through Health (AMDA PBP) which was implemented in Sri Lanka in 2003, a unique program dedicated to fostering mutual trust among different ethnic groups through health-related initiatives.

Dr. Suganami stated that health projects can become powerful tools in peace building when administered properly and can contribute in mending the war-torn communities.  

While most of other presentations covered diverse yet rather-general facets of public health, AMDA's presentation was well praised for its specific content which showcased the practical method of humanitarian assistance on the field.  

Dr. Suganami's speech can be found here.

External link: UNECOSOC High-level Segment 2009

 

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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin III: Emergency Relief for Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
Jun. 08, 2009
On May 25th '09, Cyclone Aila hit southern coast of Bangladesh and northeastern India. According to the govt. of Bangladesh as of Jun. 7th '09, Aila has caused the loss of 190 lives and wounded 7,103 people in Bangladesh. The Cyclone affected 14 districts in the south coast and left about 4.8 million people affected and about 0.6 million houses/huts destroyed.

The AMDA Bangladesh team started its medical activities right after their arrival in Chaliatoli village on Jun. 1st '09. On the 2nd of June the team conducted relief activity at Falishatoli village and Urgunia village; on the 3rd and 4th of June relief work was conducted in Jhenaibaria village, Bashuki village respectively. The team provided medical services (1) at AMDA door-to-door mobile clinic and (2) at Cyclone shelters set up by the government. In total AMDA team treated about 605 patients in all five villages. Most of the diagnoses were related to physical injury, body ache, pneumonia, fever, common cold and a few cases of Diarrhea. About 20% of the patients were male, 50% of them were female and the rest 30% were children.

AMDA relief team also distributed 8,000 packets of ORS, 12,275 water purifying tablets, 1,200 packets of biscuits and 100 pieces of cloths in total to about 2,275 people.

Finally AMDA Bangladesh team concluded their emergency relief activities Jun. 4th '09 after conducting a need assessment for further assistance.

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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin II: Emergency Relief for Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
Jun. 03, 2009
AMDA Bangladesh team including two coordinators and one medical assistant reached Barguna District, one of highly affected districts in the early morning of Jun. 1st '09. After a meeting with the local authorities, they selected five villages (Chalitatoli, Falishatoli, Urgunia, Jhenaibaria and Bashuki) in Baliatoli Union in south part of Barguna district. According to the local authorities there were no medical services provided prior to AMDA's arrival in the region. AMDA Bangladesh was the first team to conduct emergency medical services in the area. The total population of the above five villages is around 2,500. More than 50% of the houses were destroyed. Several wounded people were found but no death or missing was reported.

The AMDA Bangladesh team started its activities right after their arrival in Chalitatoli village on Jun. 1st '09. AMDA team treated 126 patients with major symptoms such as injury, body ache, pneumonia, fever and common cold. They also distributed 600 packets of ORS, one thousand water purifying tablets and 200 packages of biscuits to about 200 people in Chalitatoli village.

AMDA Bangladesh team will continue their emergency relief activities in the rest of four villages until Jun. 4th '09.
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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin I: Emergency Relief for Cyclone Aila in Bangladesh
May. 30, 2009
On May 25th '09, Cyclone Aila hit southern coast of Bangladesh and northeastern India. According to the govt. of Bangladesh as of May 28th '09, Aila has caused the loss of 147 lives and wounded 6,551 people in Bangladesh. The affected population has topped 3,694,874 and 545,226 houses have been destroyed in 14 affected districts in southern coast of Bangladesh.

On May 29th '09 AMDA Headquarters decided to dispatch an emergency relief team including two coordinators and one medical assistant from AMDA Bangladesh (two members are present in the above picture).

AMDA Bangladesh team procured relief goods in Dhaka and left for Barguna District (one of 14 affected districts) on May 31st '09. AMDA team will start emergency relief activities on Jun. 1st '09 after meeting with local authorities of Barguna district. The planned activities of AMDA team are 1) to provide water purifying tablets for preventive measure in primary health care, 2) to dispense essential drugs (ORS, Analgesic, Metronidazole, Mebendazole, skin care, and etc.), and 3) to distribute dry foods and non-food items (clothes, candle, matches, and etc.).

Besides the emergency relief activities, the team will conduct a need assessment of affected areas in order to explore the possibility of further supports during the resettlement and rehabilitation stages.
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Kosovo Revisited
May 29, 2009
About a boy named Nezir

Precisely a decade after the start of AMDA's emergency relief activities for the refugees of Kosovo, Ms. Mari Kondo, a former AMDA staff and presently Associate Professor at Japan's Okayama University, revisited the country for the first time at the beginning of this month.

Toward the end of the civil strife of the late '90s, Ms. Mari Kondo was assigned to AMDA's emergency relief project in Albania. Although AMDA's original focus had been on the mobile clinic services for the refugees in Albania, after the peace treaty in 1999 AMDA shifted its objective to rehabilitative assistance for the repatriating refugees. At the same time, AMDA moved the location of its activities to the southernmost province in Kosovo, Prizren.

It was in the streets of this city where some of our AMDA staff including Ms. Mari Kondo had a memorable encounter with Nezir, a three-year old boy at that time. Still today, Nezir remembers very clearly the tall tree where they met for the first time in 1999.

Nezir had been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a type of eye cancer. His right eye had already been replaced with an artificial eye ball. Much needed continuous treatment for his complete cure was not available in Kosovo at that time. So the search began for hospitals and other means to help Nezir in his fight against the disease. It was Kanazawa University Hospital in Japan who promptly responded to the call for help.

With countless support from embassies, private sectors, Japanese media and AMDA supporters, Nezir and his parents set their first step on Japanese soil on the 7th of July, 2000. His treatment and stages of recovery were televised and gained a lot of public attention. In 2008 Nezir came back to Japan for his check up. The diagnosis showed a complete cure of the malady.

Ms. Mari Kondo and Nezir were reunited after a decade in Prizren, a beautiful city where now peaceful life has returned to the people.  Ms. Kondo visited Nezir at his school.  Nezir is now 13 years old, enjoying his school life just like all others of his age. All the story about Nezir with the recent reunion with Ms. Kondo was broadcasted on television in Japan on the 21st of May.

About Dr. Gazmnd Kacaniku and AMDA Kosovo

Right after Nezir's initial visit to Japan for his treatment in 1999, AMDA invited one young doctor from Prishtina University Hospital, the biggest medical institution in Kosovo, to study in Japan.  The devoted young doctor was Dr. Gazmend Kacaniku, now heading AMDA Kosovo Chapter.

Turning fifty this year, Dr. Gazmend attained Ph.D. two years ago and is now a professor in the ophthalmology department.  Driven by his passion, Dr. Gazmend is helping many patients with the laser operation devices donated from Japan.  He keeps them in near-mint condition performing maintenance on them by himself. 

Educating next generation of medical professionals is another passion of his.  Teaming up with a young doctor and a nurse, Dr. Gazmend conducts laser treatments on a daily basis, giving these young professionals on-the-job training. 

People's simple and earnest desire to help a boy suffering from eye cancer brought back happiness to a boy and his family.  It was not only one life that was changed for the better as this led to our Dr. Gazmend, Chairperson of AMDA Kosovo, who now helps many countrymen of Kosovo to regain health. 

This article is based on Ms. Mari Kondo's personal account on her recent trip to Kosovo.

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AMDA Soul and Medicine Programme (ASMP) in Indonesia
May. 16, 2009

AMDA Indonesia carried out AMDA Soul and Medicine Program (ASMP) on May 16th in Batu Lapisi-Maliano, Indonesia. The event, comprised of a multi-faith prayer ceremony, medical surgeries and health education, also became a successful joint program for the relationship of AMDA and Asian Medical Student Association (AMSA) as AMSA Indonesia coorganized its medical initiatives.

The event was attended by more than 250 participants including the head of local educational department, the village chief, the district head of Batu Lapisi-Malino, the head of neighborhood association, members of AMSA Indonesia and a local Muslim religious leader from Malino village.

The event began with a welcome speech from the district head of Batu Lapisi-Malino followed by Dr. A. Husni Tanra, the President of AMDA Indonesia. In his speech Dr. Tanra introduced AMDA and its activities to the participants and stressed the need for such functions in multi-religious countries like Indonesia and how it can help to establish peace in a society with religious conflicts.

Following the opening remarks the participants were entertained with traditional dance and music by local children. The prayer ceremony started with a prayer by the Muslim religious leader and followed by the Buddhist monks from Japan.

For the medical component of the event, AMSA doctors, under the initiative of Dr. Tanra, held health and hygiene education for the local villagers and conducted circumcision on some 90 children in the area.

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Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) Meeting of Partners in Geneva
Apr 28, 2009
On the invitation of World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Shigeru Suganami, President of AMDA attended the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) Meeting of Partners at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. AMDA participated at the meeting held on April 16th & 17th, 2009 in the capacity of WHO temporary adviser. The meeting brought together GOARN partners to examine both technical as well as operational functions of the network.  Collaborations and networking among partners were also encouraged and furthered.

AMDA hopes to contribute to the work of GOARN through its own system and hopes to upgrade its efficiency by collaborating with GOARN, other NGOs and academic institution.
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AMDA Emergency Bulletin III: Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Italy
Apr. 16, 2009

In response to the report made by AMDA's relief team in Italy, AMDA Headquarters decided to give monetary donation to be used for the welfare of the earthquake victims now living in the evacuation centers. The donation was handed to UNITALSI by AMDA coordinator on 14th Apr. '09. As central Italian regions are known for frequent occurrence of earthquakes, AMDA coordinator is currently holding talks on further emergency preparedness with local organizations. The doctor from AMDA Headquarters returned to Japan in the afternoon of 15th Apr. '09.

*Unione Nazionale Italiana Trasporto Ammalati a Lourdes e Santuari Internazionali. UNITALSI, a Catholic based Italian national organization supporting the transportation for the disabled persons, is now providing aid assistance and temporary shelters in L'Aquila.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Italy
Apr 13, 2009

Upon their arrival in Rome on April 11th, the team from AMDA Headquarters reached L'Aquila, the most afflicted area, later that day.  The area is known for its cold climate where nearby mountains are still covered in snow.  *UNITALSI (AMDA's collaborating partner in Italy) provided the transportation for the team and jointly carried out disaster assessment on 12th Apr. '09, the following day. The details are as follows:

1. At a local university hospital, the team assessed the evacuation centers set in the parking lot as well as the temporary hospital units replacing the local hospital. Though the external damage was not as apparent, the original hospital facility is not functioning at all due to the possible structural damage to the building. While 100 out of 300 inpatients are still remaining in the temporary hospital units, the rest were transferred to other hospitals outside the area.

2. Under the guidance of local firefighters, the team assessed the old town known for many of its' historical buildings. The town is comprised of narrow alleyways with stone-built walls that start to crumble, hence leading the residents to evacuate. Whilst the lifelines such as electricity and water supply being alive, the area had turned to hollow. Everywhere alarms were going off and shops were left unattended with the lights still turned on showing the sudden evacuation of the town. The search for missing persons is still continued in some parts of the town.

3. The team visited Bagno evacuation camp currently holding 550 evacuees. The Interior Ministry has provided emergency tents for each family with generators supplying electricity for the tent. Enough temporary toilets include the special units for the disabled persons have also been set up. In total, 150 volunteers are working in the camp.

The assessment revealed that the local emergency need is well coordinated and fulfilled. AMDA team will discuss further initiatives with UNITALSI.

According to AFP, the death toll as of 11th Apr. '09 is 293 with 10,000 houses destroyed and 40,000 people being displaced.

*Unione Nazionale Italiana Trasporto Ammalati a Lourdes e Santuari Internazionali. UNITALSI, a Catholic based Italian national organization supporting the transportation for the disabled persons, is now providing aid assistance and temporary shelters in L'Aquila.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Italy
Apr 10, 2009

The team of medical doctor and coordinator from AMDA Headquarters has left for Italy on 10th Apr. '09 in view of continuous medical need for the victims of earthquake (magnitude 6.3) that hit L'Aquila, Abruzzo province (85 km northeast of Rome) in the early morning of 6th Apr. '09. The death toll has reached 278 with 28,000 people being displaced. As of 9th Apr. 17,000 people have evacuated from their homes. Frequent aftershocks have been recorded with the strongest measured magnitude 5.6 in the evening of 7th Apr. '09. 

AMDA is in contact with one of its collaborating organizations in Italy. Further action at the disaster site will be determined after the team's arrival on 11th Apr.

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin II: Emergency Relief for Dam Burst in Indonesia
Apr 6, 2009

On Mar. 30th '09, AMDA Indonesia emergency relief team arrived at Situ Gintung, where the dam has burst on Mar. 27th '09. After meeting with local committee, AMDA team assessed the situations by visiting evacuation centers and medical camps. About 100 deaths and 14 missing people have been reported so far. The displaced population has reached 902. 319 houses and 11 buildings have been destroyed in Situ Gintung. Many local volunteers have participated in rescue operations. Most of the survivors have been rescued by their relatives. According to the AMDA Indonesian doctors, the emergency phase has already passed and the present situation is calm and stable.

AMDA team donated medicines to the central medical camp in Masjid Jabalur Rahmah, and conducted mobile clinic by visiting medical camps in the affected area from Mar. 31st to Apr. 2nd '09. Overall, during the four-day medical camp, they treated 36 patients (28 male and 8 female) with common maladies including cough and cold (30.5%), wound infection (22.2%), skin disease (11.1%), GI tract disease (11.1%) and others (25.1%).

In collaboration with the local committee, AMDA team provided a trauma healing program for the affected children on Apr. 2nd '09. On the following day, AMDA team donated 50 packages of stationery including pen, pencil, sharpener, eraser and books to the affected children.

(Reported by Dr. Husni Tanra, AMDA Indonesia chairperson)

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AMDA Emergency Bulletin I: Emergency Relief for Dam Burst in Indonesia
Mar 31, 2009

On Mar. 30th, the team from AMDA Indonesia (comprised of two doctors and one medical student) left for Situ Gintung, the artificial lake by the dam. As of Mar. 31st, the death toll topped 100 and expected to exceed 200 in total. The team will carry out joint relief efforts with the local Muhammadiyah University, now functioning as an emergency center and morgue. The team has brought a number of medicines as they are greatly in need of supply.

(Reported by Dr. Husni Tanra, AMDA Indonesia chairperson)

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UN ECOSOC 2009 Regional Ministerial Meeting, Colombo, Sri Lanka (March 16-18, 2009)
Mar 31, 2009

With H.E. Mr. Hamidon Ali, V.P, Economic and Social Council, UN (right)

Dr. Shigeru Suganami, President, AMDA International, attended 2009 UN ECOSOC Regional Ministerial Meeting, held from March 16 to 18, in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The conference was hosted by the Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and organized in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and other UN agencies. Topics focused on financing for health care, as well as challenges for health systems in countries in or following crisis. Participants included representatives from UN, its agencies, member nations, and from NGOs. The conference is a part of the 2009 Annual Ministerial Review which assesses progress made toward the United Nations Development Agenda. AMDA, holding general consultative status with UN Economic and Social Council, took part in the conference as a major NGO in medical health sector. AMDA will continue to contribute to the UN Development Agenda through its projects and emergency relief missions around the world.

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Signing of MOU between AMDA and Taiwan IHA in Taipei, Taiwan
Mar. 27, 2009

AMDA was invited to attend the 3rd anniversary ceremony of Taiwan International Health Action (Taiwan IHA) in Taipei, Taiwan on 27th Mar. '09. Dr. Shigeru Suganami, President of AMDA International, Dr. Chaokai Chang, President of AMDA Taiwan, Program Officer, Première Urgence of France, domestic medical institutions, and humanitarian relief groups attended the meeting to discuss transnational resources/manpower and materials/goods integration. Close to 100 domestic medical personnel, humanitarian relief and social welfare groups attended the symposium.

On this occasion, AMDA and Taiwan IHA concluded the Memorandum of Understanding for future cooperation in humanitarian relief. After signing a Memorandum of Understanding, Dr. Suganami gave a speech on International Network of Sogo-Fujo. In his speech he explained the organization of AMDA and reported on its current and future programs. Dr. Suganami reiterated that AMDA would work more closely with Taiwan-IHA as a partner during emergency relief activities.

 

Guest lectures and presentations

Speech 1: International Network of Sogo-Fujo (Mutual Support)

Speaker: Dr. Shigeru Suganami, President, AMDA

Speech 2: The Challenges of Medical Emergency Relief Practices and Cross-Organizational Collaboration

Speaker: Dr. Steve Ringel, Program Officer, Premire Urgence of France


Panel discussion

Panel session 1: Cross-Organizational Raising and Donations of Medical Relief Resources

Moderator: Dr. Che-Ming Yang, Executive Director of Taiwan IHA

Panelists:

1. The Red cross Society of the Republic of China
2. Taipei Hospital, Department of Health
3. International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF)

Panel session 2: The Coordination of Emergency Relief Personnel, and Recruiting and Training of Volunteers

Moderator: Dr. Kung-Chang Hwang, Executive Director of Hospital Administration Commission

Panelists:

1. Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps
2. Ling Jiou Mountain Social Welfare and Charity Foundation
3. Taiwan International Health Action

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Emergency Relief for Earthquake in Manokwari, West Papua province, Indonesia
Mar 5, 2009

An earthquake, measuring 7.6 on the Richter scale, struck on Jan. 4th '09 at 04:43:51 local time with an epicenter 150 kilometers west-northwest of Manokwari and about 170 km east-northeast of Sorong in Indonesia's West Papua province. Immediately after the earthquake, disconnected electric wires caused blackouts. The runway of Manokwari's Rendani airport was cracked resulting in the cancelation of commercial flights. Death toll from this earthquake was four people. Although the number of death toll was not so big considering the scale of earthquake, a lot of people were injured due to collapsed buildings.

AMDA Indonesia in collaboration with Hasanuddin University decided to dispatch the emergency medical mission including two surgeons, one internist, one anesthesiologist, two nurses. The team conducted medical relief activities for fifteen days from Jan. 4th to Jan. 19th '09. During the relief activities, the team faced difficulties in reaching the victims because of the destroyed roads. They used the Indonesian navy boats to go through the sea and jeeps to pass dirt road. 115 patients were examined in total and twenty surgeries were performed; three broken leg, two elbow fracture, one head injury, six femur fracture, five cruris fracture and three radial fracture. (Reported by Dr. Husni Tanra, AMDA Indonesia chairperson)

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