INTERNATIONAL INDIAN INITIATIVE TO AID KOSOVO REFUGEES
South Asian Development Partnership (SADP), the London based non-resident
Indian (NRI) charity, is co-ordinating a unique initiative in response
to the Kosovo refugee crisis.
Seeing the plight of women and children fleeing into Albania, a
prominent NRI businessman in London has generously funded a proposal
to send medical teams and essential supplies from India to Albania.
Touched by this act of compassion, US based NRI Bharat Desai, President
of Syntel Inc, has joined forces to underwrite the air fares involved.
SADP has linked with its partner charity in India, the Emmanuel
Hospital Association (EHA), to turn this dream into a reality.
EHA, with its 18 hospitals, 26 community health and development
programmes and 1,000 staff, is well suited to this task. EHAs
Executive Secretary, Dr Vinod Shah, said: "Our staff are used
to working sacrificially in difficult rural situations with limited
resources - I am sure they will meet this challenge."
Teams from EHA will bring medicines and other essential supplies
from India and will work in close co-operation with aid agencies
and churches in Albania. Each team will consist of doctors, nurses,
a community social worker and a laboratory technician.
Ram Gidoomal CBE, Chairman of SADP, comments: "I am very excited
that this project brings international Indian aid to those in desperate
need in Albania, the homeland of Mother Theresa, who gave her life
This initiative coincides with the launch in London of the Emmanuel
Hospital Association (UK), a UK charity to partner and support the
work of EHA in India, on Tuesday 13 April.
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