H.E.L.P. is pleased to share the following update report and photos from one of the rural clinics on the Philippine island of Mindanao. This was the location where some of the medical supplies we all worked together to deliver last February were sent. You may remember the delivery to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine in Zamboanga City. You may also remember the numerous rural barrio clinics they operate on Mindanao and throughout the southern islands. These clinics were the focus of needs assessments HELP performed at numerous locations on Mindanao in 2008. They were also the final destinations of the equipment which together we provided to the University.
Through a combined effort of Ed Artis and Knights Bridge International as well as US Pacific Command (PACOM) and Special Operations Command Pacific (SOCPAC), the Joint Special Operations Task Force – Philippines (JSOTF-P), Dyn Corp International, Kevin Baugh at Knowledge Bridge International and Randy Roberson at Humanitarian Emergency Logistics & Preparedness (HELP), the positive impact stated in the email below is now happening on a daily basis. All as a result of a very amazing team, using very amazing team work, and as a result achieving very amazing success. While I must say a very special thank you to Ed Artis for a profoundly appropriate shipment of supplies and equipment, this mission would not have had this level of success without each and every person and group mentioned here.
Please also take time to see the video ( CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO ). This is a v ideo on the university's web site and features many of the doctors which this shipment is currently being used by to treat the poor in rural clinics on Mindanao. Like all of you, these people are doing great work in tough places. Their heartfelt focus and high level of integrity also tremendously adds to the ongoing success of this mission. As a result they are helping to bring health, hope and understanding to a desperate people. Additionally, Dr. Felicita Sampul (who penned the email below as well as the original plea to HELP for assistance) is also featured multiple times. We believe you will quickly get a sense for her heart and her work. We strongly recommend watching the video. These doctyors and medical students are doing VERY GOOD WORK.
Randy Roberson has also just been asked to give the keynote address at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University graduation exercises this coming April in Zamboanga City.
From: Felicita Sampul [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 5:03 AM
To: randy roberson
Subject: Thank You!
In behalf of the people of Mutia, I would like to express our deepest gratitude to you for all the equipment and supplies donated to us. Indeed, those equipment and supplies did already save many people's lives here in the community.
Few days ago, I had a 37 yr. old patient who came in due to difficulty in breathing. The patient is already cyanotic, blood pressure is palpatory. Thanks to the available O2 and regulator and tubings (Nasal cannula/ face mask), we were able to save the patient and brought her to the hospital. In case the patient goes to arrest while transporting to the hospital, we are pretty confident because we can immediately intubate the patient because we have available endotrachial tubes, ambu bags etc.
Many asthmatic patients relieved because nebulizer and nebulizing tubings are readily available; a few have already benefited from the crutches, wheel chair, arm sling and other casting supplies; Innumerable wounds sutured and cleansed; There were several babies born using the delivery table sent to us; And many smiles from the mothers hearing the fetal heartbeat for the first time using the Doppler.
Thank you very much! You really are our savior…