Mobile Field Hospital Bringing Critically Needed Medical Care to Filipino Typhoon Survivors

The city hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan is getting some desperately needed medical help this week. International relief organization Samaritan's Purse added to its relief efforts in Tacloban, Philippines, area by setting up a mobile field hospital for outpatient primary care.

A team of ten doctors and nurses are providing medical care for wounds, chronic illnesses, acute diarrhea, respiratory issues and parasites. The mobile field hospital has 30 beds, though additional patients will receive basic outpatient care as time and resources permit.

The field hospital is the latest in a series of relief efforts for the Philippines by Samaritan's Purse, which began mobilizing a response while the storm was still cutting its path of destruction. A team of more than two-dozen disaster relief specialists has been working to provide victims with basic necessities, including temporary shelter, clean water, food and hygiene items­—and now medical relief.

“One of the cruelest aspects of the typhoon was the damage it did to the medical facilities storm victims now need so desperately,” said Ken Isaacs, vice president of Programs. “Our mobile hospital in the Tacloban area will restore access to medical treatment for those who need it most.”

The mobile field hospital is positioned in the parking lot of Schisto Hospital in Palo City. During the storm, the facility was severely damaged, losing both its roof and power source. Samaritan’s Purse, headed by Franklin Graham, arranged to set up its mobile hospital directly outside of the severely damaged hospital to provide support for the facility.


INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Ken Isaacs, vice president of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan's Purse, who oversees the development, training, deployment and work of the organization's disaster response teams. Isaacs has more than 20 years of experience working in complex emergency response situations internationally.
  • Dr. Lance Plyler, medical advisor for Disaster Response, who is leading the medical response efforts.
  • Barry Hall, Samaritan's Purse response manager, who is coordinating relief efforts from the ministry’s international headquarters in Boone, North Carolina.

Samaritan's Purse is no stranger to providing aid in the Philippines. The organization has served in the Southeast Asian nation for more than 15 years, deploying disaster response teams and working through local partnerships. Last month, Samaritan’s Purse provided relief to Filipino victims of rebel fighting and a deadly earthquake. In addition, Samaritan's Purse responded to a December 2012 typhoon in the Philippines that caused at least 1,900 deaths and widespread destruction.

Samaritan's Purse is an international Christian relief and evangelism organization, based in Boone, North Carolina, that responds to the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in crisis situations—especially in locations where few others are working. Samaritan's Purse works in more than 100 countries to provide aid in the name of Jesus Christ to victims of war, disease, disaster, poverty, famine and persecution. For more information, please visit www.samaritanspurse.org

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