MONTREAL (November 14, 2013) – A significant volume of medical relief is being prepared by HPIC to respond to the urgent needs in the Philippines, declared a national calamity by the local government.
“We know that medicines are an immediate need and that there will be, unfortunately, an even greater need for medicines in the weeks to come,” said Glen Shepherd, HPIC’s President. “For 24 years the Canadian healthcare industry has trusted HPIC as their charity of choice for donations of medicines and medical supplies. We have the potential to mount a large-scale response in partnership with our donors and partners in Canada and around the world.”
The magnitude of the disaster means that HPIC is taking a multi-pronged approach based on our experience responding to dozens of emergencies over the years. “This disaster makes us think of Haiti in 2010 when we mobilized more than $9 million of medical relief. One of the first priorities for us was to get volunteer teams in to prepare large batches of Emergency Physician Travel Packs,” Shepherd said.
HPIC is offering Emergency PTPs, portable kits containing an assortment of essential medicines and supplies that can each provide 600 treatments, to medical volunteer teams that are heading to the Philippines.
The very first Emergency Physician Travel Packs for the Philippines are expected to arrive in Iloilo on Saturday, Nov. 16 with a team from Global Medic, a Toronto-based emergency relief organization that sends teams to provide immediate medical assistance in disaster situations.
James Ligas, a paramedic with the Peel Region in Ontario, is on the team carrying 10 PTPs or enough medicine to provide 6,000 treatments in Iloilo.
“Global Medic does amazing work. I think they represent the best of the Canadian spirit,” James said in an interview with HPIC. The experience will be especially emotional and personal for James who has been on missions to other parts of the world. “My Mum is from Iloilo and I have extended family there- aunts, uncles, cousins. We know they survived but the situation is very difficult. I am hoping to see them when I am there.”
The team will be in Iloilo for three weeks returning Dec. 6.
“We are working closely with our NGO partners on the ground to plan for larger volumes of medical relief as soon as the logistics are in place,” Shepherd said. “And our Health+Hope Alliance is fully engaged in this response. We are in daily contact with IHP-UK to ensure a coordinated approach.”
Canadians can help get medicines to teams like Global Medic and other NGOs, such as International Medical Corps and Plan Canada by supporting the Philippines relief efforts of HPIC.
Every $1 donated to HPIC will:
- Provide at least $10 of essential medicines to the Philippines
- Generate another $1 from the Canadian Government toward relief efforts (for details see http://bit.ly/1a1HQnd )
To donate securely online to HPIC: http://bit.ly/1cfwB9m
HPIC is a Canadian relief and development organization dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world. A founding member of the Health+Hope Alliance, we provide essential medicines, improve pharmaceutical management and logistics, and manage capacity-building projects.
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