this year, South Asian Development Partnership (SADP) together with the
Emmanuel Hospital Association (EHA) of New Delhi sent 2 medical teams to
Kosovo.A team of 8 is now
being sent for a period of 4 weeks to the cyclone-struck state of Orissa
to assist in urgent relief work. The team of 3 doctors, 4 nurses and a pharmacist
leaves for Jagatsinghpur today, November 12th.
EHA, with its 18 hospitals, 26 community health and development programmes
based in North India, is well suited to this task.Following the Maharastra earthquake in 1993, it worked in partnership
with GMTV to raise over £500,000 to build a hospital to serve the needs
of 324,000 people.
Dr Vinod Shah, Executive Secretary of EHA, who will personally supervise
this effort, comments:The
need is so overwhelming that we have to respond.Even though it is not at all convenient for any of us to do so at
this time, compassion gives us no alternative.
While the cyclone has claimed thousands of deaths, thousands more are dying
due to diahorrea, and the number increases daily.EHA will specifically tackle water problems which are the biggest
threat to survival.The team
will be taking bleaching powder and chlorine tables to clean ponds and lakes.Industrial gloves will be used to clear out the floating, dead carcasses
that contaminate the waters.UNICEF
have allotted 5,000 families (25,000 people) in the Jagatsinghpur area to
EHA and its partners, to help provide health, nutrition and housing.
The team is also
taking Rupees 250,000 (£4000) worth of medication from their own budget
but realise this will be sufficient to last only 2 days.
Ram Gidoomal CBE, who initiated
the Kosovo and GMTV Maharastra appeals, pleaded with the business community
and individuals to dig deep into their pockets and give.He said:We must
not allow compassion fatigue to defeat us.This is a real tragedy of colossal proportions and will take everything
we can give to rebuild shattered communities.We cannot stand aside and do nothing.It is great to see the response from Britain to this tragedy but
the needs are enormous and we must dig deeper than ever before.
To give to this appeal or for further information,