Medical aid for the people of Leyte Island (Philippines)


Donations for medical equipment

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines particularly hard. Large parts of the country were destroyed. Since then, the BRH Bundesverband Rettungshunde and the Civil Defense of Region 8 (Leyte Island) have established a partnership based on exchange and targeted support. BRH now supports the medical care of the population with targeted measures over and again.

The Philippines was dependent on international aid as it was hit so hard by the typhoon. Many people in Germany supported the BRH Bundesverband Rettungshunde with direct donations or indirectly with a donation to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft". This enabled us to provide the help that was so urgently needed on the ground.

Part of the donations was invested in acutely needed emergency measures on site as well as for the training and further education of the civil defense. The remaining sum was earmarked for medium- to long-term measures such as improved medical care in hospitals. The health care system on Leyte Island is in a state of collapse, especially due to coronavirus. As a result, medical care for the numerous COVID patients is no longer possible and help is urgently needed.

After extensive consultation with the Civil Defense of Region 8, BRH Bundesverband Rettungshunde decided on the North Western Leyte District Hospital in Calubian. The reason for this choice was the hospital's catchment area, with particularly high numbers of COVID patients who, due to the situation, can only receive very inadequate medical treatment.

With the donations allocated by our alliance partner "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" as well as the direct donations, it was possible for the BRH Bundesverband Rettungshunde e.V. to provide the hospital with the urgently needed equipment for modern medical treatment.

  • 5 hospital beds with imitation leather mattresses
  • Respiratory humidifier
  • Ozone sterilizer
  • Oxygen concentrator
  • Biosafety cabinet
  • Thermal scanner (with automatic alcohol dispenser)
  • UV air purifier (100 m3) for wall mounting and mobile units

The original plan was to hand over the medical equipment and carry out comprehensive instructions on their correct operation. Unfortunately, the current situation makes it impossible to enter the country. We hope that our specialists will be able to conduct in-person training on the life-saving equipment in January. The following measures are still planned as part of this briefing.

  • Continuing education and training by medical personnel from Germany
  • Optimization of the treatment and ventilation of COVID patients
  • Optimization of the personal protective equipment of the medical staff
  • Respiratory therapy for patients

We would like to thank all donors who supported the BRH Bundesverband Rettungshunde with donations through our alliance partner "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" or through direct donations to the association. Because it is only you who make it possible for us to provide the urgently needed medical assistance to the local people in need.

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