I am currently scrambling to secure support for a relief deployment to Japan ASAP. As you know all of our support this past year went to relief operation in Haiti. As such the timing of this Japan deployment hinges on our ability to find this support.
Please help us "connect the dots" between us and those who have a heart to help. We need funds for satellite communications for our telemedicine and situational awareness systems. Water purification will also be a big need in the days ahead (always a huge need after earthquakes and floods with sewage inflows into public drinking water supplies).
PLEASE HELP US HELP THEM NOW!!!!!
Thank You in advance for any help you provide.
In the meantime, here's a list of links to monitor for more disaster info: http://telehelp.ning.com/profiles/blogs/japan-89-earthquake-actioninfo
For the greater good,
Boot on the ground today in Dominican Republic. Moving into Haiti tomorrow to bring badly needed relief to victims of the Haiti earthquake. More updates including live video from the scene starting tomorrow. PLEASE HELP US HELP THESE PEOPLE.
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…
In February and March of 2008, HELP’s Randy Roberson performed humanitarian needs assessments in numerous locations on the disease and conflict riddled island of Mindanao. Having headed similar efforts in numerous other developing countries, the lack of even the most basic medical resources were nothing new. “Even though you see this level of suffering and lack of resources in many parts of the world, the numerous challenges in the rural Philippines can break even the most calloused heart,” Roberson said. “When you see a motorcycle victim brought into an ER that has dogs sleeping on the floor and you see that they don’t even have any local anesthesia and as a result have to pin him down while they stitch him, it brings to mind how tough life is in many parts of the world,” he added. The sounds of the patient screaming in pain filled the halls until he finally passed out. Looking on and helping hold him were his family, including a young daughter whose face told a confused story of terror.
Shortly after returning home to Arizona, Roberson received a desperate “Cry for Help” from Dr. Felicita Sampul who operates one of the clinics he had visited. The email told of a young 14 month old boy named Myco who was brought to the clinic by his mother. As a result of severe malnutrition (a common problem in rural Philippines) he quickly caught the eye of the doctor. “I was stunned to see a little boy who looked like a 75 year old man, weak and in respiratory distress,” Sampul said.
Supplies such as oxygen, a nebulizer or even a pediatric ambu bag were needed to help keep the child breathing. Unfortunately the clinic had none of these.
While trying to get the child to a larger hospital, little Myco died. The final words of Dr Sampul’s letter cut like a knife for the people at HELP. “If only we have the materials and equipment necessary for emergency management we might have saved him. We hope that somebody out there will hear this cry…so that no more little MYCO gone.”Roberson quickly contacted close friend Ed Artis of
When contacted, Artis stated he had a 40′ cargo container filled with over $250,000 in donated medical equipment and supplies. Artis explained a donor had promised to pay for the shipping from the states, but later backed out. As Knightsbridge had already received the shipment, this left them with a $13,000 debt they needed to find a way to reimburse.
“When Ed emailed me the shipping list I almost fell off my chair because it included numerous oxygen tanks, nebulizers, infant and adult ambu bags and tons of other things which these clinics desperately needed,” Roberson said. “It was almost exactly what we needed!”
As a small Payson non-profit who has admittedly struggled to survive the past year, the challenge then was where to find the $13,000 to pay Knightsbridge and receive $250,000 in medical supplies in exchange.
Roberson quickly posted copies of the letter to their web site at www.disasterlogistics.org. “We currently have about 1200 people around the world subscribed to our site and I try to keep them updated on our efforts via email,” Roberson said. It paid off. A foundation in Virginia stepped forward with the funds, 100% of which were quickly wired off to Knightsbridge in Manila in hopes of having a September delivery to the rural clinics.
Then the effort hit its next challenge. “The original shipping cost quote was $10,500 to cover the cost of the shipment from Illinois to Manila. The remaining $2,500 was for transport from the northern island of Luzon (Manila) to the southern island of Mindano,” Roberson said. “Unfortunately integrity seems a rare commodity at times in the Philippines and the shipper suddenly demanded another $8,000.
“This is where the effort became really frustrating,” Roberson said. “I’ve never lost a shipment and I have never paid a bribe or allowed myself to be part of a shake-down.”
This is where the story takes an interesting turn. “Although the whole thing had me beside myself inventing new words, none of which were nice, I decided to relax and continue to get the word out in our network and see who might be able to help,” Roberson said. Enter the United States Military.
Over the past decade, HELP has enjoyed a unique relationship with multiple branches of the US military stationed in various countries. HELP has also benefitted from significant DOD and other governmental contacts in Washington DC. Roberson had been under contract as a consultant at ASU working with Kevin Baugh this past year. “Kevin is a former Navy Seal and works as Government and Industry Liaison for ASU in both Arizona and in Washington DC where he lives,” Roberson said. “We have been working on a humanitarian consortium effort at ASU and are in touch on a regular basis.”When Baugh heard about the project he quickly sent out an email with friends serving with
The shipment was delivered by PACOM last week to the Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine. The school operates numerous rural medical clinics in the southern Philippines.
Medical students and staff physicians not only operate these small rural clinics, but also walk days through the tropical jungles to remote villages so they can offer medical treatment to isolated residents.
This is an area that is constantly struggling with chronic terrorist conflict, tropical disease and seasonal typhoon disasters. Of the estimated 80 million residents of the Philippines, 50 million live rurally dispursed on over 7000 islands. Most have very limited or no access to modern healthcare.
The supplies are currently being distributed to these remote clinics from the island of Mindanao to the tiny southern-most island of Tawi Tawi. “The shipment is sent in memory little Myco,” Roberson said. “This will save lives and reduce the suffering that is a terrible part of day to day life there.”