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Service Wing - Philippines Disaster Relief Medical Camp

2nd to 11th April 2014

On November 8, 2013, a category 5 typhoon named Haiyan (locally called Yolanda), hit landfall in Guiuan, a small town in the Eastern Samar province of the Philippines. As the typhoon ripped through the Philippines, it left a broad swath of destruction with an estimated 15 million people affected by this storm and over 6,000 deaths as reported by the United Nations and the Government of the Philippines in December 2013. Haiyan is the most powerful storm in recorded human history. Many cities and towns have experienced widespread destruction, with as much as 90 per cent of housing demolished in some areas. Roadways, airports and seaports are impaired, heavy ships have been thrown inland, water supply and power have been cut, much of the food stocks have been destroyed, many health facilities are not functioning and medical supplies are now quickly being exhausted.
Since its inception, the Sathya Sai International Organisation (SSIO) has been providing selfless and loving service to mankind through various humanitarian projects including immediate and sustained disaster relief in several countries.

SSIO have requested SSSSO UK to arrange a small team of 12-15 medical professionals to visit Philippines from 2 to 11 April 2014 (inclusive of travel dates).

SSIO has requested for the following specific medical specialities from UK:
- General Medicine
- General Medicine Sub-Specialties - especially Gastroenterology, Cardiology & others
- Paediatrics
- Dental (if any)
- Nurses, Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners

Limited general volunteers and eligible medical students will also be accepted on a selection basis.

Tentative travel schedule
- Depart UK on Wednesday 2 April 2014 in order to arrive Manila by Thursday 3 April 2014
- Leave to Tacloban City the next day (i.e. Friday 4 April 2014)
- Work Saturday 5 April 2014 through Wednesday 9 April 2014
- Leave Tacloban City to Manila on Thursday 10 April 2014
- Leave Manila Thursday 10 April 2014 night or Friday 11 April 2014 morning

If you are interested in participating in this medical camp, please send the following documents asap by 2 March 2014 by email to servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk or by post at Sai Hirdaya, 57 Heming Road, Edgware, Middlesex, HA8 9AB:

1. A copy of your CV and copy of your M.B.B.S. Degree certificate;
2. A copy of your GMC / GDC / relevant medical council certificate;
3. 1 passport photograph (original);
4. A copy of the main page of your passport containing your personal details and photograph

The UK team will travel together. You will be responsible for the payment of the air tickets from UK to Manila and Manila to Tacloban City and back (the team will travel together and tickets will be booked in a batch details to be provided once we receive confirmed names). Local accommodation and transport will be provided for all volunteers in Manila and in Tacloban by the host Sai Organisation.
Once you are selected for the medical camp, you will be invited for a meeting when you will be provided further details of the camp. Devotees can also help by supporting the camps through Ceiling on Desires Programme and sending their contributions to the UK Trust.
Please contact Dr Upadhyay or Urvi Widhani (07957 210237) for further details in relation to this camp.

Mukund Patel,
National Service Coordinator