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Sunday, 26 April 2015 13:41

Tzu Chi Sets Off to Earthquake-Stricken Nepal

Written by  Tzu Chi Foundation, Hualien, Taiwan / Translated by Chong Pei Fen

A 15-member Tzu Chi’s Disaster Survey and Medical Team will set off to the disaster area on April 27 to provide medical and material aid, and make further assessments for short, medium and long-term aid.

Following the devastating Nepal Earthquake, Tzu Chi’s Disaster Survey and Medical Team will set off to the disaster area on April 27, 2015. In addition to providing emergency medical relief, we will, at this first stage, assess the relief items and subsequent assistance needed by the disaster area. Hopefully, we can convey the care and love from the global community to the disaster area in the shortest time possible.


 
The 15-member Disaster Survey and Medical Team is led by Dr Chien Shou Hsin, Superintendent of Taichung Tzu Chi Hospital, and Dr Zhao You Cheng, Superintendent of Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. Other members include Dr Li Yi Gong, Director of Emergency Department, Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital; Dr Wang Jian Xing, Director of Trauma Team, Hualien Tzu Chi Medical Centre, and other medical professionals in internal medicine, surgery and emergency aid.
 
Other than ten Taiwanese, five other seasoned members in international disaster relief from Malaysia, Thailand, India, Philippines and USA respectively, are also invited to join the team. These members can assist in interpretations and resource assessment.
 
After the strong earthquake hit Nepal, Tzu Chi Foundation had on April 26 (7 am) formed the “Tzu Chi Disaster Relief Coordination Centre” at Hualien, Taiwan, to compile information from various sources and swiftly launch disaster relief operations. The Coordination Centre had completed an inventory check on relief items, including Jing Si multi-purpose folding bed, which is most needed in the disaster area; Jing Si instant rice, which is quick and convenient to prepare; eco-blankets and so on. All these relief items are ready to be despatched to the disaster area anytime.
 
Upon arrival at Kathmandu, the Disaster Survey and Medical Team will first provide medical and material aid, and make further assessments for short, medium and long-term aid.