Other Crises and Emergencies
DISASTER AND EMERGENCY PROJECTS
In crises, emergency situations and disasters such as earthquake, flood, fire and etc., Yeryüzü Doktorları provides services by sending volunteer medical teams and sustaining medicine-equipment support. In accordance with the needs detected, sahra hospitals and clinics are established, mobile medical services are provided and the damaged hospitals and clinics are supported for repairing and operating.
Yeryüzü Doktorları carried out activities in the region that was destroyed by an earthquake of 8 magnitude in order to provide emergency medical assistance. Our Volunteer Medical Team became one of the first international organizations to work in the region. In addition to medical assistance, dry food and relief supplies were distributed to the victims as well.
Yeryüzü Doktorları was the first organization to build the first permanent health center and children’s hospital in the region after the earthquake in the city of Muzaffarabad in Pakistan, and also provided health care services for victims in two health centers established during the flood disaster and a mobile gynecology clinic. 1000 tents and 1 ton of medicine aid was also provided to the region.
After the earthquake of magnitude 6.2 which took place near Yogyakarta, with the population of 800 thousand nearly, over 5 thousand people lost their lives and 200 thousand people became homeless. Following the first need determination, Yeryüzü Doktorları sent a volunteer medical team to the region with the aim of emergency aid.
Right after the disaster, Yeryüzü Doktorları volunteers arrived Van and participated in emergency aid and search and rescue works with Yeryüzü-SAR, a medical search and rescue unit. With the sahra hospital established in the region, health services were supported in the early period after the disaster, short-term and medium-term needs were determined, and prospective projects were planned carefully. Also, primary health care services, vaccination and pregnancy follow-up, and psychosocial support for children were provided along 6 months through the “Van Mobile Health Clinic” project in 11 villages and 2 hamlets within Van centrum. Hygiene, first aid and oral health trainings were provided, and during these operations, all volunteer pharmacists of Yeryüzü Doktorları sent medicines and medical supplies to regions in need. In addition to health services, food for one month was provided to the villages of Dağönü and Yeşilsu, and for 31 primary school student in Dağönü village, school uniforms and supplies were supplied.
Haiyan Typhoon having started in Philippines on Friday, 8 November 2013, caused many people to lose their lives. After this disaster, Yeryüzü Doktorları established a sahra hospital in Dagami region, where 45 thousand people lived and affected from the Philippines Typhoon. In the hospital, various trainings in different fields were provided for more than one thousand people, such as pediatrics, wound care and treatment, examination, circumcision, vaccination and pharmaceutics. Medicine support was provided for the affectees. During this crisis, 3 volunteer medical teams were in duty, and main health center was also repaired along with the sahra hospital established.
On 13 May 2014, 301 miners died and 432 children were left as orphans in a mine disaster in Soma, Manisa. Due to the trauma seen especially in the children after the disaster, the project of ‘Game Therapy for the Children of Soma’ was developed by Yeryüzü Doktorları and the Pedagogy Association cooperation. Within the scope of this project, two game therapy rooms were set up in a primary school located in the district. Interviews were done with the children by reaching the miners’ families living around the school, and the children to be included in therapy sessions were determined. Twenty children aged between 2 – 12 were enrolled in 6-session Children Centered Game Therapy and Puppet and Art Therapy between the dates of 18 – 26 June. Moreover, therapeutic toy sets were distributed to 100 children who were unable to get in the therapy. In total, 108 sessions were given to 18 children in 7 days, and the results were very good at the end of these sessions.
Ebola disease has a fatality rate ranging between 25% and 90%, and it is transmitted through direct or indirect contact with the blood or bodily secretions of the patient, or through contact with disintegrated skin or even with intact skin, although the root cause is still unexplained. The West African Ebola outbreak, which began in late May 2014, was declared to be a third-degree emergency in July and an International Health Emergency Status in August by the WHO. Since the outbreak was detected, the number of people suffering from this disease was reported to be over 20,000. The number of people who lost their lives was reported to be over 9,000 in nine different countries. 837 of the health workers who played a major role in the fighting against the epidemic caught Ebola virus and 490 of them lost their lives. Yeryüzü Doktorları started a project to send personal protective equipment in order to support the health workers and treatment centers in Sierra Leone and Liberia, which were the most affected countries by the epidemic. In the scope of the project, aid containers consisting of a total of 740,000 medical equipment including protective masks, isolation garments, anti-splash masks, Tyvek masked dresses, and Tyvek protective garments were sent to Sierra Leone and Liberia Ministries of Health.
Having taken action for emergency health aid at the earthquake of magnitude 7.8 when 7 thousand 365 people lost their lives and 14 thousand 355 people were injured in Nepal on 25 April 2015, Yeryüzü Doktorları sent a volunteer medical team to the region and carried out 896 examinations and 121 surgeries in total. Besides these, 20,000 liters of water, 1,000 packages of sanitary pads and 1,000 packages of hand sterilization gel were sent to the region. With the cooperation of Qatar Red Crescent, necessary support was provided for the rehabilitation center of the Singati Community Hospital locating in Singati region of Nepal, which was damaged with the earthquake effect.
Monsoon rains, which start from mid-July and last until the end of August due to the monsoon climate, became effective in Northern Pakistan in 2015 and left the region under flood. Thousands of people lost their homes, and farmlands became unusable. Chitral city in the state of Hayber Pahtunhva was the worst affected area, and the flood damaged the infrastructure of the Chitral and agricultural areas to a great extent. It was said that more than 1 million people were affected by the flood. Following the flood disaster, Yeryüzü Doktorları conducted disaster emergency relief efforts with the disaster emergency team in the regions of Chitral city, Rsheen Gol and Rayeen between the dates of 15-23 September 2015. In Chitral, one of the poorest regions of the country, 500 Family Life Support Palettes were distributed, which consist of basic food needs such as flour, sugar, oil and tea, along with detergent, cleaning kit, soap and mosquito net.
A tsunami disaster occurred in Indonesia on 22 December 2018 due to lavas resulting from the eruption of Anak Krakatau Volcano. After this disaster, over 430 people lost their lives and more than 15 thousand residences were ruined. By reaching the victims in the state of Banten with its disaster emergency team, Yeryüzü Doktorları provided hundreds of examinations and medicine support in 5 different regions between the dates of 28-30 December 2018. Besides health care services, families in need were distributed hygiene kits, which included detergent, diaper, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, body warming oil and pads.
WARS AND CRISES
Due to internal conflict, more than 2.5 million people in the state of Western Darfur, near the Chad border of Sudan, were forced to leave their homes. Providing health services at the El-Geneina City Hospital in the region, Yeryüzü Doktorları who established an eye unit, also provided health services to the Sudanese people, including complex surgical procedures.
During the conflict in Sri Lanka, more than 300,000 people were displaced and over 700,000 people were killed. After decades of conflict, resources were consumed and the infrastructure was severally damaged. The prolonged violence increased the need for humanitarian aid; however, many international aid organizations had to cease their operations in Sri Lanka because of the safety problem of workers. Meanwhile, Yeryüzü Doktorları opened 2 health centers in Sri Lanka to provide medicine and sufficient health care services for the people in need.
Having provided assistance to 3 million people who were forced to leave their homes in the internal conflicts in the region Swat Valley in Pakistan, Yeryüzü Doktorları also worked for an emergency medical assistance for 100 refugee patients in a day through 6 months by teaming up with a 6-person aid crew, one ambulance and one mobile medical health clinic in the Marian camp.
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