[November 15, 2013] Healthcare workers in California announced plans today to donate $100,000 toward typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines, and are organizing a mission to provide medical care in the hardest hit areas of the country.
The workers are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, the West Coast’s largest union of healthcare workers. They are encouraging other healthcare workers, whether they are in the union or not, to join the medical mission to the Philippines.
“Along with other Americans, we have watched with horror and sadness as scenes of destruction in the Philippines play out on television,” said Theresa Domingo, a nurse at Seton Coastside Hospital in Moss Beach, who has family in the affected areas of the Philippines and plans to join the medical mission. “As a healthcare worker who takes care of people every day, it only makes sense that we would extend that same kind of help to those devastated by the typhoon.”
SEIU-UHW is taking care to choose relief organizations to receive the money based on their ability to provide aid directly to disaster victims.
The medical mission will be coordinated with relief organizations, including possibly the International Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. The goal for the mission is to depart to the Philippines within the next month, when access can be gained to stricken areas. Healthcare workers with medical training who are interested in joining the mission should contact Lynette Gaddi at (510) 587-4590 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to the U.S. Census, an estimated 1.4 million people of Filipino descent live in California, of which thousands are SEIU-UHW members, many with families affected by the storm.