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Northwestern Medicine Responds to Philippine Typhoon Disaster
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: http://foundation.nmh.org/nmphilippines.
Follow the NMH News Blog for updates from Khare’s trip.