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Northwestern Medicine Responds to Philippine Typhoon Disaster

Rahul Khare, MD, an emergency medicine physician who is experienced in disaster response, is traveling to the Philippines to respond to the typhoon

In response to Typhoon Haiyan, Northwestern Medicine medical personnel will be traveling to the Philippines to provide care and relief for those affected by the storm. Rahul Khare, MD, an emergency medicine physician, is the first Northwestern Memorial Hospital caregiver to respond to help those injured and displaced by devestating typhoon. 

Khare is traveling with Clarion Global Response, a group sending a team of doctors, paramedics and first responders to Tacloban, one of the worst hit areas. Once on the ground, Khare and his team will enlist local medical experts and provide support. The most immediate action required is to ensure that disease is kept in check with clean water and medical supplies.

“I’m nervous, but excited,” said Khare, who will leave tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 15 and be gone up to 14 days. “Sometimes the people who need the most help aren’t waiting in our emergency rooms. I am grateful I have the skills to help out, and I am grateful for the Northwestern Medicine community in their support and love they have given me.”

Khare is experienced in disaster response. His first trip was following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. He also went to Ethiopia last year to aid in similar humanitarian causes.

“I truly enjoy giving health care to those who desperately need it,” Khare said. “It makes me realize how much we have here in Chicago. I truly enjoy the work I do both internationally and locally. They are extremely different, yet oddly similar in that at the end of the day we are all human and have needs.”

Northwestern Memorial Foundation is collecting donations to support Khare and other Northwestern physicians, nurses and caregivers who travel to the Philippines in the coming days. To make a donation, visit:

Follow the NMH News Blog for updates from Khare’s trip.


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Genebelle (not verified)
In behalf of the Filipino employees of NMH and the Filipino people, I am so grateful with this humanitarian gesture of the hospital and the foundation. I can't thank you enough! Thank you very, very much!
camille (not verified)
thank you northwestern
Michelle Melin-... (not verified)
Dr. Khare and his colleagues are outstanding practitioners in the field and should be commended for their commitment to provide care to the most vulnerable in our world. We are fortunate that they provide care to us in Chicago too.
Acute Care Serv... (not verified)
Dr. Khare and TEAM, the Filipino nurses in Acute Care-NLFH are very grateful for all the help and support that you extended to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. We are blessed to have someone like you who cared enough to help the less fortunate. Maraming salamat to you and your team and God Bless.
Jackie Tan (not verified)
The Filipinos in NMH, the US and abroad, really appreciates the help you extend to the Filipinos in the Philippines. We wish you the best in your trip and your coming endeavors. Maraming Salamat!
Katherine Gil, M.D. (not verified)
If you want to triple the amount of money you donate to the Philippines typhoon relief fund you can go to Unicef Canada on the Internet and the government this will happen (see the following information) and I hope this helps you: DOUBLE YOUR DONATION IMPACT with donation matching from the Government of Canada. UNICEF is on the ground ensuring every child has access to clean drinking water, essential medicines and emergency nutritional supplements, but our supplies are stretched to the limit. We need you to help today to reach more families. Give these families the chance to survive. Help those hit by Typhoon Haiyan. DONATE NOW. If you prefer to donate by phone, call 1 877 955 3111. We are available to answer your call 24/7. All donations are 100% tax deductable. Your donation will bring vital relief to children and families impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. Learn more. * For every dollar donated by individuals to UNICEF Canada from November 9 to December 23, 2013, the Government of Canada will be matching donations dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 per individual.
Mary (not verified)
Hi Dr. Khare. Worked with you recently in the NLFH ED and saw that you were on your way to the Philippines just a couple of days later. Thanks for adding to our pride of being part of Northwestern Medicine.

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