June 2, 2008
Angel Locator: Stephanie Casey
Humanitarian Workers Perform Operations in the Sudan
Three workers from Ormskirk Hospital have returned from a mercy dash to Sudan where they performed vital operations on patients unable to afford healthcare fees. The team were led by Sharaf Mohamed who was born in Sudan and has been working at Ormskirk Hospital for 12 years.
Read the complete story by Amy Salter, Ormskirk Advertiser, May 29
Doctors Without Borders work in Ethiopia
Two weeks ago, the medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) launched a nutritional intervention in some areas of the southern region of Oromiya in Ethiopia, following assessments that showed alarming levels of malnutrition among children under five. MSF has set up three inpatient clinics—also called stabilization centers—for the most severely malnourished children who also have medical complications, such as pneumonia or enemia, and need intensive medical care.
Read the complete story by Doctors Without Borders, May 27
Foreign Relief Workers Arrive in Burmese Delta
Foreign relief workers began filtering into Burma's Irrawaddy Delta on Monday, as aid agencies tested whether the ruling military junta would keep its promise to permit a major international effort to help the 2.5 million victims of Tropical Cyclone Nargis. UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency, said it had received permission over the weekend to send six foreign technical experts to work in the delta region, which previously had been off-limits to foreign aid workers.
Read the complete story by Amy Kazmin for the Washington Post, May 27
Thai doctors halfway through Burma mission
Dr Siriporn Kanchana, permanent secretary to the Public Health Ministry, who recently returned from a trip to Burma, said on Saturday that Thai medical volunteers providing humanitarian assistance to victims of Cyclone Nargis in Burma are doing well. Teams of Thai doctors have been in Burma for a week. All 30 Thai doctors in the team are due to return to Thailand next Saturday after a two-week stay.
Read the complete story in the Bangkok Post
US Navy: "Trying to do good."
The amphibious assault ship Boxer is off the coast of Acajutla in El Salvador as part of a humanitarian mission called Continuing Promise 2008. The ship, with dozens of medical personnel and Seabees, left San Diego on April 28 for a two-month mission that will include stops off Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. Setting up clinics ashore, U.S. personnel, working with host-country counterparts, are seeing about 600 to 700 patients a day for dental, optometry and primary care, the Navy said.
Read the complete story by Tony Perry for the LA Times