Alert: Global Health Relief preparing to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
December 7th update: Conditions continue to improve in Tacloban, but recent assessments show that GHR medical teams are still needed.
The GHR/Salvation Army teams are going to continue until the middle of January, but will be smaller and focused on rural primary care. There are many needy people in rural villages that are unable to reach Tacloban to reach the medical relief teams there. Our GHR teams will travel about 1 1/2 hours each day to different villages to provide primary care to these people who have been cut off.
Living conditions for the teams are improving over the next few weeks, but team members should continue to prepare for rustic work in Spartan conditions with many flies and mosquitos.
Each person who has been accepted to a previous team will be notified in the coming few days as teams are reconfigured. Please continue to pray for the survivors of the Typhoon and their tremendous physical, emotional and spiritual needs, and for each team member’s preparedness to meet the needs of the people they encounter.
December 3rd update: Conditions in Tacloban are improving daily! Much more aid than expected has poured into the area, and reports over the past 48 hours are that debris is being cleared and electricity restored.
Global Health Relief leaders are reevaluating conditions on the ground in anticipation of reducing the teams we are sending. A decision will be made on December 7th about future teams, and this website will be updated then. Please continue to pray for the people of Tacloban and our teams!
Global Health Relief is preparing to provide medical relief work to the people in the Philippines. We are working with the Salvation Army which is currently doing an evaluation of the area and obtaining a place for our team. This allows us to focus on what we do best, taking care of the physical and spiritual needs of the survivors.
GHR must have applications complete with all credentials, travel permission form and waiver to be considered for acceptance to the trip.
| 2013/2014 Dates
| Nov. 27 - Dec. 13
|| Trip is Closed
| Dec. 11 - Dec. 27
|| Trip is Closed
| Dec. 23 - Jan. 6
|| On Hold
| Jan 4 - Jan 18
|| On Hold
| Jan 17 - Jan 31
|| On Hold
| Jan 30 - Feb 15
|| On Hold
| Feb 14 - Feb 28
|| On Hold
|| Lebanon (Syrian Refugee)
|| On Hold
Note: These dates are subject to change. Applications will be considered on a first come, first serve basis according to the specific needs on the field (current needs are primary care physicians, dentists, PAs, NPs, pharmacists and nurses). You will be notified upon your acceptance to a trip.
Costs to the participant will include a $150 application fee and airline tickets which are approximately $1500 - $1800. In-country costs will be covered by GHR. We are seeking funds to provide the travel costs for those who find it prohibitive to join this relief effort.
We are accepting donations that will help CMDA in our efforts. Click here
to make a donation or make a payment toward a trip.
to apply for any of the trips listed in the above calendar and note in the comment box trip location of your interest. If you have trouble accessing the online form, click here
for a PDF which you can send to us at GHR@cmda.org
or fax it to 423-764-1417.
For more information, contact Dr. Sam Molind who is coordinating activities from the United States - by e-mail - Sam.Molind@cmda.org
Welcome to Global Health Relief, CMDA’s newest outreach ministry focused on bringing health and hope to people around the world in the midst of crisis.
Global Health Relief’s Mission
GHR exists to show the compassion of Christ to those affected by disasters around the world through medical, dental, spiritual and psychological care.
About Global Health Relief
Providing healthcare in a relief situation is a much more challenging endeavor than short-term missions. Health needs are dire and life threatening. Local health systems may have been damaged by the natural or manmade disaster. The large number of sick or injured overwhelms the professional and structural resources, as well as the available equipment and supplies needed to meet the need.
GHR is ready to meet those healthcare needs with its rich reservoir of doctors and great relationships with nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and other Christian professional organizations.
The Salvation Army and GHR will work together to help combat the various and overwhelming needs in a crisis situation. GHR will provide the medical teams needed to meet urgent needs, while the Salvation Army will provide the logistical support through its corps located in more than 150 different countries. Through this relationship, GHR’s teams will be able to get their “feet on the ground” as soon as possible in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
For more information about this new ministry, click here to read an article written by Dr. David Stevens.
A Team Approach
GHR will be led by a seasoned leadership team with a wealth of experience from around the world. When a crisis occurs, that leadership team will identify opportunities where GHR can make a difference in the lives and hearts of victims.
A core team of leaders will be located at the site of the crisis on a long-term basis. That core team will be reinforced and strengthened by groups of short-term health and logistical volunteers who will serve for a week or longer.
Relief personnel have the privilege of being God’s hands and demonstrating His heart to those suffering and in desperate need. Team members do what Christ commanded us to do. Like the Good Samaritan, they refuse to “pass by on the other side.” They are not content to change stations when word of a new disaster hits the airwaves of their TV. They go, realizing that though it may cost them comfort and security, they are laying down their desires and their agendas to love and care for their “neighbors.” Just like, “Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick” (Matthew 14:14, KJV), they go to the helpless and hopeless in His name.
We need your help to make this new ministry successful and you can get involved in several ways:
- Are you willing to meet people at their point of greatest need and introduce them to the Lord through compassionate care and witness? Do you desire to use your skills to bring hope and healing in the midst of tragedy? If so, don’t wait for a disaster to get started. Join our “On Call” list and get involved today! Click here to apply.
- Relief teams can only be effective when they are properly equipped. Rescuers must be self-sufficient to avoid risk needing rescue themselves. We need to create stores of durable supplies and equipment that can be ready to be deployed with our teams at a moment’s notice. Will you consider partnering with us by donating to help adequately equip our disaster response teams? Click here to go to our donation page and select Global Health Relief from the drop down box.
- Pray, pray, pray! Pray for the countries being affected by disaster that urgently need relief. Pray for the wisdom of our leadership teams. Pray for the safety of our short-term volunteers. Pray for the effectiveness of this ministry and we seek to build God’s kingdom as we meet people at their greatest point of need.
How do you spell relief? G-H-R – Global Health Relief