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‘Dispatches From…’ Blog Showcases Firsthand Accounts of Relief Volunteers in the Philippines

December 12, 2013



Kaiser Permanente Northern California physician Pratima Gupta, MD, delivering babies and relief in the Philippines, Dec. 2013Kaiser Permanente Northern California physician Pratima Gupta, MD, delivering babies and relief in the Philippines, Dec. 2013

At least three of the 250 Kaiser Permanente doctors and nurses who are assisting in relief efforts in the Philippines are sharing their thoughts in our “Dispatches From…” global relief blog.

They have written about everything from the devastation, to the living conditions, to their daily struggle to find adequate medical supplies. They write about wondering how their families, with whom they have little communication, are managing back home.

In the midst of piles of debris that were once homes, ant infestations of the deceased, and makeshift medical tools, these caregivers found a country rattled by devastation, but determined to move forward.

Kaiser Permanente physician Chris Gonzales, MD, fixes a knee as part of the relief efforts in the Philippines, December 2013

Kaiser Permanente physician Chris Gonzales, MD, fixes a knee as part of the relief efforts in the Philippines, Dec. 2013

Pratima Gupta, MD, is an ob-gyn with Kaiser Permanente Oakland (Calif.) Medical Center. She describes the horrors survivors of Typhoon Haiyan have faced both in the moment and during the aftermath, contrasted with the resiliency and faith of her patients. Read Dr. Gupta’s posts here: http://kpdispatchesfrom.org/category/pratima-gupta/

Joshua Weil, MD, is an emergency medicine doctor with Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, Calif. He describes the living situation of the volunteers, and the challenges doctors face trying to give care when resources are scarce. Read Dr. Weil’s posts here: http://kpdispatchesfrom.org/category/joshua-weil/

Vivian Reyes, MD, is an emergency medicine doctor at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. As one of the first of Kaiser Permanente’s responders to land in the Philippines, she has written about the bridge from chaos to relative stability in the days after Typhoon Haiyan. Read Dr. Reyes’ posts here: http://kpdispatchesfrom.org/category/vivian-reyes/

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