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US Doctors for Africa Sends Medical Team to Deliver Katrina Aid
LOS ANGELES, WASHINGTON D.C., - September 9, 2005- U.S. Doctors for Africa (USDFA) is sending a volunteer medical team to provide urgent aid to Hurricane Katrina evacuees in the gulf coast region. USDFA will focus its efforts on helping Katrina survivors in initial crisis phase along with long term preventative care near several gulf coast emergency shelters.
While the Department of Public Health has already declared public health emergency in regions of Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, a widespread outbreak of disease including cholera and typhoid from exposure to contaminated waters is of grave concern to health officials. Immediate medical treatment and preventative health care is essential to numerous displaced individuals, who may be at risk while residing in shelters for an unknown period of time. Founder and CEO of USDFA, Ted M. Alemayhu says that although the demand for their services has been high in Africa and also by those devastated by Caribbean Hurricane Frances last year, they have an obligation at home.
"USDFA has tremendous appreciation and we have been successful in our current and past projects. This is a call at home and we have an ethical obligation to help our people at home," said Alemayhu. USDFA hopes to expand relief in the coming weeks. Volunteer medical professionals are encouraged to assist in emergency relief efforts for USDFA. Further help from all medical sectors will be needed.
Hurricane Katrina Volunteers Needed!
USDFA is currently recruiting healthcare professionals and relief personnel to assist with the Hurricane Katrina recovery effort. We need volunteers with expertise in the following areas: