When disaster strikes many of us ask ourselves: “how can I help?” While many of us scramble to find and buy things to donate and others volunteer their services, Dr. Chan, Director of Global Emergency Medicine supports a team of researchers in the transition phase of the Typhoon Haiyan disaster. The aim is to further understand how “relief workers and affected communities—whether they are providing food, medical care or other aid—to make the best possible decisions in the field, and to have access to appropriate tools and technology.” (see full NMH foundation article HERE)
Dr. Chan was a first responder to Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and the 2007 Borena-Guji Conflict in Ethiopia. She is currently working with the Disaster Resilience Lab by supporting the team who is currently in the Philippines from Chicago. “We’re united by a mission to provide help during [the transition from crisis to recovery] in the Philippines, and to do in-the-field research which can help the relief and recovery communities make better decisions and be more prepared for future disasters. We want our work to have a positive impact on future relief efforts.” she states.
Read more about the Dr. Chan and the DRL and their project HERE.
(guest blogpost by Lisa Nono)