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My name is Michael and I´m a 28 year old anasthesia and ICU nurse and a Paramedic. I´m also very blessed with a lovely family.
On a Sunday evening I read an email which changed my entire life; the need for a nurse in an Israeli/German team to travel to the Phillipines to help where as needed after the horrible natural disaster.
The first day at the clinic we were able to help 228 people. The second day we assisted 167 and 750 people received food aid. By day two people had heard that we were open and we saw injuries from the Typhoon that had not been taken care of medically.
The trucks were loaded with medicines, relief aid, tents for clinics, camping cots for patients and a large 6.5 VGA generator. From here we headed to the port were local communities had arranged for the team and goods to go by ferry from Cebu to Ormoc.
The Philippines islands of Leyte and Samar are the areas where we are concentrating. Logistics are hard as the typhoon has destroyed most local infrastructure with debris covers the roads. The big issue for us is how to move meds, food and NFI emergency packs (non-food items). We don't want to be a burden on the struggling locals and so we have opted to be fully independent in the field.