Emergency Response: 20,000 Turkish Medical Volunteers

02/16/2023 12:00pm

Since the devastating earthquakes on Monday 6th February 2023 resulting in a death toll of approximately 37,000 people so far, Doctors Worldwide’s team in Türkiye have been undertaking emergency response activities and providing medical aid since day one. Our Turkish medical teams are currently in Kahramanmaraş, Hatay, Gaziantep, Mersin and Adıyaman, providing much needed medical aid through our hospital tents and mobile medical clinics, hygiene kits for families living out in the streets, as well as food, water, heaters and medication. 

As of 16th Feb, your support has resulted in: 

  • 29 surgeries conducted
  • 10 babies delivered
  • 31 psychosocial support sessions
  • 2,694 people received medical care/treatment
  • 4,391 people received relief/aid

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What other support has been provided so far by Doctors Worldwide?

Despite harsh snow storms and freezing cold weather along with broken roads and traffic jams, Doctors Worldwide has been active and on the ground since day one, assisting as many people as possible, with recent activities including:

  • Several Turkish medical teams deployed to provide urgent and ongoing medical aid, including internists, paediatricians, nurses, pharmacists, orthopaedic specialists, neurosurgeons and general surgeons.
  • Two tents, medical equipment and a mobile vehicle from Istanbul immediately provided to ensure safe service of medical/primary care in hard hit cities like Kahramanmaras, and a large truck of further supplies.
  • Mobile clinics and 24hr tent hospitals with rotas established amongst our 20,000+ strong group of Turkish medical volunteers.
  • A 152 metres long hospital tent given to Doctors Worldwide by AFAD (the Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency)  to support us in providing healthcare 24 hours a day, equipped with primary health supplies, medicines, and electric heaters.
  • Immediate needs provided so far include hygiene kits, food, water, heaters and medication.
  • Trucks sent with other needs including baby milk, nappies and blankets.
  • Assessments ongoing to determine immediate medical needs as well as mid to long term recovery plans.

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Only a few days ago, Doctors Worldwide worked directly with search and rescue teams to provide critical medical care to a young 16 year old girl found under the rubble on Friday - more than 100 hours after the quake. Without your generous donations to support our team of specialised surgeons, doctors and nurses, this would not have been possible. 

For regular updates, including direct insights from our teams on the ground in Türkiye, follow us across our social media platforms today, including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tiktok & LinkedIn.

Register Now: Humanitarian Medical Aid Course 2023

Date: Sat 13th and Sunday 14th May 2023 / Location: Wellcome Collection, London / Cost: £180 / 20% discount for students / 8 hours CPD 

In light of recent events in Türkiye/Syria, we wanted to remind you that our Humanitarian Medical Aid Course (HMAC) is open for registration. The course aims to share knowledge and experiences, encourage debate, promote reflection as well as have a good time networking, while introducing concepts around humanitarian medical emergencies and longer-term health development programmes. This isn’t some run-of-the-mill didactic study day, or technical pre-deployment skills training. It is a course made rich by our faculty, and your participation.

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