In the wake of the Cyclone in Vanuatu, RescueNet has deployed.
The RescueNet team will be working with the UN and other agencies helping to provide medical and practical relief to the victims of this disaster.
The Australian Mercy Board have launched an emergency appeal to raise funds for the victims of this disaster. Some funds from the appeal will be used to cover the costs of putting the RescueNet team on the ground.
Donations to this appeal are tax deductible within Australia and can be made through our secure site.
Simply select RescueNet from the target menu and type the word Vanuatu in the notes.
A copy of Australian Mercy’s policy statement on Emergency Appeals can be viewed here
Following a call for assistance from the Vanuatu government following the devastation caused by tropical cyclone Pam, RescueNet deployed a team of thirteen people including doctors, surgeons, a dentist, paramedics, search & rescue specialists, trauma counsellors and more. Team members came from Sweden, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the US.
The team worked in Vanuatu for three weeks. All RescueNet members work in a voluntary capacity so donations received help team members cover travel costs and ground fees. Donations also assist with the purchase of medical and team supplies as needed.
The RescueNet team was able to assist on three different islands within the country of Vanuatu (Afate, Tanna and Pele) and their focus was to establish temporary medical clinics in villages on each of these islands where medical assistance had not yet been rendered.
RN members provided wound care, doctor and dental services, trauma counselling, community services eg re-roofing, house re-building, road and track clearing, etc to 537 people of all ages; and also continued a measles immunisation program that the government had started just prior to the cyclone.