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Reputable Medical Aid Organizations

Stephen Richey stephen.richey at gmail.com
Sun Dec 12 06:54:59 GMT 2010


Dr. Tayea,
I am clinically trained (I'm a respiratory therapist and former EMS
provider) but I just seem to be encountering organizations that are looking
for nurses and docs, which is entirely understandable.

The short committment issue is why I did not consider MSF from the start.  I
simply can't be away from work and my research for as long as they require
so I was hoping that the members of the list might have other suggestions
for me as to where to turn.

Honestly, I would really like to find a good mix of clinical practice and
education if I am going to go on a trip since I both enjoy directly treating
patients and at the same time do not want to leave the area I volunteer in
the same shape it was before I went (if that makes any sense at all).




On Sun, Dec 12, 2010 at 1:45 AM, Aliaa Tayea <a_tayea at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi Stephen,
>
> Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders takes non-clinical people.
> In fact, doctors & nurses make up about half the total teams. Only problem
> is they don't accept short commitments (2 weeks). Almost certainly same with
> other groups... unless it's a highly specialised medical specialty (e.g.
> trauma surgery, nephrology, etc.) that is needed in the immediate disaster
> response.
>
> Other organisations like Medecins Du Monde (MDM), MERLIN, and ICRC do
> medical aid as well. I don't know too many specifics about those, but I have
> interacted with them in the field and of course they take
> non-clinical/medical. Some other profiles include logisticians,
> water/sanitation specialists, psychologists, etc.
>
> I can only speak about MSF/DWB because I work with them. If you want
> specifics on other profiles or what they (and maybe others) do/don't do feel
> free to ask away.
>
> Regarding medical education trips, don't know any that do specifically
> that.
>
> Cheers,
> Aliaa
>
> --- On Sat, 11/12/10, Stephen Richey <stephen.richey at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> From: Stephen Richey <stephen.richey at gmail.com>
> Subject: Reputable Medical Aid Organizations
> To: "International Critical Care Medicine Group" <ccm-l at list.pitt.edu>,
> "Trauma &, Critical Care mailing list" <trauma-list at trauma.org>
> Date: Saturday, 11 December, 2010, 19:40
>
> Does anyone on the list happen to have any suggestions for reputable groups
> that will take non-physician and non-nurse personnel as part of medical aid
> or medical education trips?  I am looking to volunteer a little (probably
> at
> most a couple of weeks due to my work schedule) and want to get involved
> with a group that is well-regarded and preferably isn't using the offer of
> medical care as a coercive way to convert people to a religion.   I don't
> have a problem working with a religious based organization (regardless of
> the religion) but I have had a prior bad experience with a group using a
> "carrot and stick" approach to doling out the care and want to avoid that.
>
> I mentioned this to several coworkers who suggested getting involved with
> the Haitian situation, but I am more interested in a trauma and/or critical
> care or surgical group and especially with educating persons in the country
> so that once the team leaves that they aren't back where they started.
> Beyond those organizations operating in Haiti, I have been hard pressed to
> find anyone interested in personnel beyond docs and nurses.
>
> Any suggestions would be welcomed.  Feel free to contact me directly.
>
>
> Sincerely,
>
> --
> Stephen Richey
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Stephen Richey

"A man's moral worth is established only at the point where he is ready to
give up his life in defense of his convictions."- Henning von Tresckow


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