Disease Prevention and Containment

Just after tsunami, while the death toll was still rising, there was a great fear of spread of disease. Fortunately the predictions were wrong, but that concern is still there. Disease prevention remains of critical importance, especially minimizing the spread of mosquito and water-borne illness.

Recently, when I was visiting a refugee camp, a father walked up to me with a small child and showed me his arms and legs. They were full of mosquito bites. I traveled to some camps in the night and experienced myself the problem of mosquitoes. We have donated mosquito nets to many families and will continue to provide nets to as many families as we can.

We also have arranged and supervised distribution of the most necessary medicines. I have been able to help direct available doctors and health care organizations to areas with the greatest need. Our efforts of providing health care and medical equipment will continue as long as we can.