During the past two months, IMCRA has mobilized its resources to deal with two stunning challenges, first, the under-recognized epidemic of diabetes in China and then, only 10 days ago, the heartbreaking impact of super-typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines,
Shortly after the Typhoon struck we reached out to local physicians fluent in Tagalog, Dr. Quintos of the Santo Tomas faculty of medicine and Dr. Agustin of St. Vincent Medical Center to record emergency modules on what is likely to be the most devastating impacts of the super-typhoon: dealing with loss - and striving toward recovery. These modules will be available on the IMCRA system shortly to all healthcare workers in the devastated areas, especially Tacloban. Native healthcare and relief workers coping with medical issues for which they are unprepared will be able to interactively consult our faculty about what they are facing and how to best serve the populations hardest hit.
China has experienced a great deal of the medical downside of adopting the consumerist lifestyle of the West. In addition to the pathogenic “hotspots” which have developed in areas subjected to poorly-regulated industrial pollution, consumption of high-fat Western foods has led to a disastrous increase in both juvenile and adult diabetes. IMCRA has attacked this problem through affiliation work with Chinese health organizations like Shenzhen and by launching a new section on Chinese diabetes headed by Drs. Liu, Chang and Nussbaum of Yale medical school for both caregivers and families.
In helping both populations, IMCRA has selected the best of its faculty and its programs. Please assist us in coping with both urgent needs. Your donations will go directly into supporting our outreach efforts and defraying the costs of recording and getting the medical education modules to the people who need them. As always, we, and the physicians and patients we serve greatly appreciate your help.
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