Disasters, both natural and manmade, strike often without warning and lead to loss of life and destruction of habitat. Managing such events requires specialist skills and teamwork based on intense training and experience.
Medicorps has assisted in quite a number of such emergencies over several decades and gained valuable experience. These are some of those events:
- Civil war, Southern Philippines, 1981
- Mayon volcano eruption, Legazpi, Phillipines, 1984
- Likoni Riots, Kenya, 1997
- NPA insurgency Samar, Philippines, 1998
- HIV epidemic Kwazulu Natal, 2001
- Abu Sayyav Insurgency, Southern Philippines, 2002
- Sabah Deportation and forced relocation, Malaysia, 2002
- Tsunami, Southern Thailand, 2004
- BasecoFire, Manila, 2004
- Taifun Millenium, Zamboanga and Manila, 2004
- Koh Pich Stampede, PhnomPenh, 2010
It became clear that the mitigation of further loss of life and suffering after the initial disaster is of utmost importance and requires well-thought-out strategies. The initial efforts must avoid compounding the economic and societal damage by flooding the affected region with unnecessary donations and relief supplies that could be purchased by adjacent intact regions. Moreover, local manpower and social structures need to be involved from the very beginning, rather than relying on large numbers of volunteers from other countries. Stimulation of trade and self-help is of utmost importance to rehabilitate the affected areas.
Medicorps has also participated in teaching and training sessions to help prepare for such events before they happen. For that reason our key personnel has, from time to time, donated their time and skills to organizations such as The Center of Excellence, various branches of the US and other militaries, MPAT, government agencies in various countries, NGO and others.
We are happy to share our expertise with any organization interested in providing disaster management and humanitarian assistance, free of charge