Physical therapists are involved in efforts to provide help to the thousands of people left homeless, injured and vulnerable by the Philippines typhoon. British physiotherapist Pete Skelton, who has worked in many emergency situations in the Middle East, Africa and Haiti, has flown out as part of the UK international emergency trauma response team. He is working alongside physicians, surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists sent over from the UK.
Handicap International has also sent teams of emergency specialists, including rehabilitation teams. “We’re sending more people every day,” said Tom Shelton of Handicap International, pointing out that it already had healthcare teams in the country before the typhoon struck.
WCPT has sent a message of support to the Philippine Physical Therapy Association. “We have been following the news from the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan with great concern for our colleagues, their families and the people of the Philippines," said WCPT President Marilyn Moffat and WCPT Secretary General Brenda Myers in their message to the PPTA.
"Around the world, physical therapists are thinking of you and saying prayers of hope and support to those most directly affected.”
Handicap International and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) both have emergency appeals to help people in the Philippines.