Monday, January 17, 2005
Please Help This Young Doctor
(Posted by Shaffy)
This is an appeal for immediate help for a young doctor of only 23 years of age, who recently completed her medicine in the year 2004, but was diagnosed as a patient of ACUTE MYELOGENOUS LEUKEMIA (blood cancer).
Here are the details:
Dr Sobia Parveen
House Ofiicer Civil Hospital Karachi
Dow graduate, Batch of 2004
Admitted for treatment at AKU Karachi
- V.C DUHS Prof.Masood Hameed Khan ( 92-21-9215732)
- H.OD. Physiology Department Prof. Shoaib Tauheed (92-303-6236282)
- Dean Faculty of Medicine Prof. I.B.Soomro (92-300-9203773)
UBL-BABA-EURDU ROAD BRANCH
Please donate all you can, it's about the life of a young doctor. A little help from you can save her life. She may not have much time, therefore, please be quick.
P.S. She did not survive. Many thanks for all of you who either contributed for her treatment or prayed for her recovery. She had dreamt of becoming a doctor and saving lives, but alas herself died young. Your continued prayers for her soul and her family would be very much appreciated.
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Safety for Field Volunteers + Update
If you know any potential on-site volunteers, please pass the following info on to them so they can take adequate precautions. Some of it is obvious, but one can never be too careful ...
1. Tetanus toxoid immunization, if possible, to protect you in case of any cuts or scratches. This is a relatively painless injection and can be given to you by your family physician. At present there is no advisory for any medical prophylaxis, but do keep checking the sites.
2. Mosquito repellent: To protect you from Vector born viral and parasitic disease. You could carry a tube of odomos and apply it to exposed skin.
3. Chlorine drops or tablets: Waterborne disease is the biggest threat, and you need to ensure your water is safe. One to two bottles should be enough, you need to follow the instructions on the package. For purifying water, Chloriwat or Jeevanraksha, both priced at rs 16 for 25 ml, lasting a week as well ( since you need 3 drops for 10 litres of water).
4. Hand disinfection: In case water for washing is a problem, a solution for disinfection is available - Sterillium, Rs. 75 for a 100 ml bottle, which should last a week.
5. Avoid eating raw veggies. Bananas are the safest food as they can be eaten unwashed, and can be peeled without touching the part to be eaten. Please ensure food is always covered and protected from flies. Flies carry a lot of bacteria because they tend to land on different objects before landing on the food.
Current requirements for field volunteers:
1. If you are Tamil speaking, you should commit at least 8/9 days.
2. If you are non-Tamil speaking, then we need a slightly longer term commitment. There is an urgent need for female volunteers who can commit at least 2 weeks. Male volunteers should commit at least 3-4 weeks.
3. There is also an urgent need for medical doctors who are willing to commit at least more than a week.
Immediate material requirement:
(Kindly only source for free in bulk—NO INDIVIDUAL COLLECTION DRIVES):
2. Detergent bars (not powder)
3. Tooth paste/ toothpowder
4. Tooth brush
5. Hair oil
6. Sanitary napkins
For now no dry foods or medication is required. This will change in the next 4 days.
For the above materials, the requirement is between 500 and 1000 pieces each.
For detailed list of requirements (immediate and slightly longer term), kindly refer previous post.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Detailed Requirements in Tsunami Affected Areas
(In order of priority)
(Items marked in asterisk "*" are needed urgently)
Given below is the information from AID India (Mumbai) for donating money:
- Cheques: All cheques must be addressed to "AID-India ICICI BankAccount No 602201200299". Cheques may be given to the AID Mumbai volunteer who contacted you or alternatively, may be deposited in any branch of ICICI Bank. In either case please contact an AID Mumbai volunteer to give the information required to process your receipt from AID Chennai.
- Electronic Transfers: If you have a bank account with internet banking facility, you can make an electronic transfer via internet banking to AID-India's ICICI Bank Account No 602201200299. Please be sure you that contact an AID Mumbai volunteer to give the information required to process your receipt from AID Chennai.
- Cash: We would prefer not to accept cash donations. In exceptional cases, where for instance door-to-door collections in cash are undertaken, the cash may be deposited in any branch of ICICI Bank to the credit of "AID-India ICICI Bank Account No 602201200299". In such cases please ensure you have sufficient information on the individual donors to enable us to process the receipts in their names. Please contact an AID Mumbai volunteer to give theinformation required to process your receipt from AID Chennai.
2. Medicines (all *)
If you wish to purchase medicines, please buy only one or two of the following in bulk and send. Try to avoid sending an assortment of medicines, as it becomes difficult for the on-site volunteers to segregate and classify.
- Cholera medicines
- Diarrhoea medicines
- ORS Packets
- Savlon / Dettol
- Crepe Bandage
- Soframycin Ointment
- Disposable Syringes
- Cotton Bundle
- Vaccines - Hepatitis A (approx. Rs. 1,020), Typhoid (Rs. 225), Tetanus Toxoid (Rs. 10)
- Cough Syrups
- Septron Tablets / Syrups
- Calara Injections
- First Aid Kits
3. Food (all *)
Must be packaged and non-perishable. High energy, easy to prepare is preferred.
- Milk Powder
- Chocolate Bars
- Packaged Foods like MTR
Try and avoid sending food as most food items are available on-site. Send money instead. This will cut down transportation cost (from your city to the affected area). Also, on-site NGOs can negotiate a better bulk purchase deal from the suppliers there with the money you send.
4. Clothes and Other Items
- Disposable Gloves for volunteers (*)
- Disposable Masks for volunteers (*)
- Soaps / Detergents
- Toothpaste & Toothbrush (NEW)
- Duct Tape
- Pots and Pans (NEW)
- Socks (NEW) (*)
- Vests (NEW) (*)
- Polythene Ropes
- Spare Batteries
- Matchsticks / Lighters
- Blouses (NEW) (*)
- Petticoats (NEW) (*)
- Sarees (NEW) (*)
- Lungis (NEW) (*)
- Underwear (NEW) (*)
- Towels (NEW)
- Bedsheets (*)
- Most NGOs have an oversupply of clothes and are not looking for more. So refrain from sending in any more clothes. Send money instead.
- In case you insist on sending clothes, please stick to the above list.
- And as indicated in the above list, please send in ONLY new / unused clothes.
- Also, please classify the clothes into Men's / Women's / Children's and package separately with appropriate labelling on the packages, so volunteers need not waste precious time in segregating the clothes items.
- Once again, try and send money instead of clothes as of now.
- Tamil speaking volunteers are required for periods not less than 8-10 days.
- Non-Tamil speaking volunteers arerequired for periods not less than 2-3 months.
- For doctors language is not a barrier provided they are willing to stay a reasonable period of time (at least 8-10 days).
Other Useful Links - A Compendium:
- http://tsunamihelp.blogspot.com (Official Site)
- http://www.indianredcross.org/contact.html (Indian Red Cross Addresses - please find out the collection centre closest to you on this site)
(Red Cross New Delhi : +91-11-23716441)
(Red Cross Chennai : +91-44-28554548 / 28554117)
(Red Cross Mumbai : +91-22-22661524 / 22644030)
- http://survivors.aidindia.org, http://mumbai.aidindia.org (AID India - please find out the collection centre closest to you on these sites)
- http://www.akanksha.org/index.htm (Akanksha)
- http://pmindia.nic.in/relief.htm (Prime Minister's Relief Fund).
The donations can be made by cheque or draft in the name of “The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund” and sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi 110001.
Contributions can also be made directly at the branches of ALL BANKS in the country.
Contributions can also be sent through Money Orders with no commission chargeable.
Contributions to the PMNRF have ben notified for 100% deduction form taxable income under section 80(G) of the Income tax act.
- http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/asiapcf/12/28/tsunami.aidsites/index.html (International Agencies for donating for Tsunami Relief)
- http://www.usaid.gov/locations/asia_near_east/tsunami/ngolist.html (United States Agency for International Development - USAID)
- http://www.dfid.gov.uk/news/files/emergencies/asian-earthquake-help.asp (Department of International Development - DFID of the United Kingdom)
- http://www.wfp.org/index.asp?section=4 (United Nations World Food Programme - WFP)