Dr. Matthew Markert, neurology resident at The University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., leaves Saturday for the Philippines to join with two other doctors who will deliver life- saving medicines.
“Sometimes, in the early stages of disaster relief, smaller numbers can make a huge impact when they carry and administer the right medicines,” Dr. Markert said.
Dr. Markert has experience with disaster relief having helped earthquake victims in Haiti and victims of Sept. 11. In both disasters, Dr. Markert said medical relief at this stage includes guarding against tetanus and helping patients hydrate. One of the doctors with Dr. Markert is the founder of a medicine called “DripDrop” that can help people, especially children, absorb water.
Dr. Markert is working with two nonprofit organizations on this medical mission. He’s asking the public and medical hospitals and businesses for donations of money or specific medicines. To learn how you can help, go to Doctors Outreach, http://www.doctorsoutreach.org/. The group of three doctors is working with an OBGYN in the Philippines who has patients including many children in need of medical supplies.
To view a video about Dr. Markert and the doctors going on the mission, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDAO02_5rek.
- Story from KU Hospital