GlobalMedic is a non-sectarian humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization based in Etobicoke , Toronto , Ontario , Canada and the operational arm of the David McAntony Gibson Foundation (DMGF), has registered Canadian charity. [1] It provides disaster relief to large scale disasters around the world and also carries over to humanitarian capacity building programs in post-conflict nations. [2] Time magazine recognized the work of GlobalMedic in its 2010 Time 100 issue. [3] Rahul Singh , Toronto paramedic , founded the David McAntony Gibson Foundation in 1998 in honor of a best friend who lost his life the same year. [4] [5]

GlobalMedic has a roster of over 1,000 volunteers from across Canada who includes many professional rescuers, police officers, firefighters and paramedics who donate their time to respond overseas. Volunteers make up the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs), which is designed to provide safe drinking water , Water Purification Units (WPUs) designed to provide clean drinking water ; and Emergency Medical Units (EMUs) That uses inflatable field hospitals to Provide emergency medical treatment .

Since 2004, GlobalMedic teams have been deployed to over 60 humanitarian disasters around the world.

Origins and volunteer training

Rahul Singh , a Toronto paramedic, created GlobalMedic in 1998 after seeing ineffective and wasteful relief efforts deployed in Nepal . Singh was the cause of disastrous monsoon downpours triggered numerous mudslides , resulting in the destruction of several villages. Mr. Singh later noted in an interview that “I have been inefficient relief efforts. [6]

GlobalMedic Later Established Annual Rapid Response Training in Toronto. Recruiting is concentrated, but not restricted, to members of paramedic services, police forces and others in professional rescue service communities. Rapid response training days are typically involved with groups of trainees receiving multiple readings and demonstrations, and typically involving various hands on the various inflatable hospital tents and water purification systems that are employed in the field. [7] [8] The large inflatable tent structures Can Be Deployed in minutes after-arriving in a disaster area, ict Allowing medics to concentrate one supplier providing immediate triageand emergency medical care .

By June 2011, some 120 people attended GlobalMedic’s annual training in Toronto, with attendance growing to approximately 150 trainees in 2013. [9] [10] Several other recruiting and training sessions were held cross-Canada annually.


Trainees practice assembling and operating a Nomad Water Purification System (blue unit), capable of producing 100 liters of purified drinking water per minute being fed into a canvas reservoir at left.

GlobalMedic volunteers make up the Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) that operate to Rescue Unit designed to save disaster victims; a Water Purification Unit (WPU) designed to provide clean drinking water ; and an Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) that uses inflatable field hospitals to restore medical infrastructure. Since 2004, GlobalMedic teams have been deployed to over 60 humanitarian disasters around the world. Responses have included hurricanes in Grenada and Guatemala; earthquakes in Pakistan, Indonesia, Peru, Haiti and Japan; [11] tsunami in Sri Lanka, the Solomon Islands and Japan; typhoons in the Philippines; [12] floods in Pakistan, [13]Bangladesh, Mexico, Sudan, Somalia and India; and complex humanitarian emergencies in Gaza, Libya and Somalia. [14]

The deployment of ict medical volontaires and Its field hospitals and clinics are able of Treating Hundreds of patients per day, The organization additionally APPROBATION That It Can Make an Even Greater post-disaster impact by Preventing waterborne diseases from Causing secondary disasters Such As typhoid and dysentery epidemics . Such epidemics can Occur after-earthquakes That damage municipal or regional water treatment facilities and even, counter-intuitively, Following severe hurricanes, typhoons or monsoons That flood wide land areas with turbid , contaminated water. The organization and Its volontaires work to help prevent prevention secondary epidemics by ict HAVING WPUS Both distribute decontamination tablets and by setting up mobile water purification equipment qui can render Even completely Call contaminated water sources safe for humans. This is achieved by various methods, including filtration media , flocculation , chemical disinfection and the application of ultraviolet light (UV light), which breaks down the genetic code of almost all microorganisms .

After arriving in a crisis area, motorcycles are used to transport and set up small suitcase-sized Noah Trekker water purification units, due to their ability to circumnavigate damaged roads and other rough terrain in order to reach out into regions of need. In areas without electrical power , the small purification units will operate on a motorcycle’s 12 volt battery with its running engine, able to purify about 200 liters of water per hour.

Some of GlobalMedic’s notable deployments include:

Typhoon Haiyan Philippines disaster, 2013

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan qui generated Category 5 winds That exceeded all Previously Recorded capital gains, as well as a storm surge of more than 6 meters (20 feet) height That Built up in ‘mere minutes’ [15] wide areas of the Philippines were heavily damaged. More than 5,000 dead, 1,600 people missing, and 23,000 injuries were reported in the first two weeks. [16] Two months after the storm would be 6,000 with some 4 million people made homeless. [17]

GlobalMedic had its first four-man team in the Philippines after the disaster, soon establishing a headquarters and three teams based in key areas of the disaster zone, operating out of Iloilo , Cebu , and the worst hit location, Tacloban . Within 10 days over 20 rescuers and disaster responders are providing safe and secure services , and are of the highest importance in safe drinking water using a Rainfresh AquaResponse10 water purification system and separate 10 separate Trekker purification units. A larger Nomad water unit was also shipped to Tacloban, capable of purifying 100 liters of water per minute. Over 1.4 million water purification tabletswere also shipped to the region from the Toronto headquarters. [18] [19] [20] Using Global Connections in the Philippines, GlobalMedic had its water purification equipment flown to Tacloban and Ormoc on a private C-130 Hercules a day after their arrival. [21]

Teams aussi Initiated a Quick Intervention Project to deliver bags of rice and boxes of food Obtained from dans le Philippines Alongside of a water tankering program using tank trucks to speed the delivery of safe water to surrounding communities. [22] Employing two tank trunks, its volunteers attempting to deliver clean water to some 50 communities surrounding Tacloban. [23]

GlobalMedic aussi ordered an additional inflatable field hospital from Dynamic Air Shelters of Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador for immediate shipment to replace a damaged district hospital in Sara is Panay Island . [24] [25]The 46 feet (14 m) by 56 feet (17 m) hospital tent structure was funded by the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador which contributed $ 151,000 for the unit. [22] [26]Critical medications, emergency shelters, tents and other supplies and assistance for the Philippines were also included, including Health Partners International of Canada, the Compassionate Service Society (CSS Charity), and the Léger Foundation in Quebec. [22] [27] [28] [29]

Included among the volunteers was Pipito Biclar, a Filipino doctor born in the region and who served in Toronto EMS paramedic after arriving in Canada. [19] [20] The reports emanating from the disaster zone prompted Rahul Singh to comment “[the] situation on the ground is to say we are in a race against time to stave off disease and keep people alive. , the suffering will be unimaginable. ” [18]

Cebu, headed by Matt Capobianco, GlobalMedic’s Manager of Emergency Programs. [19]The Philippines was joined by the GlobalMedic team members on assignment in India at the time of the disaster occurred, and who were soon transferred to Tacloban. Among them was David Sakaki, a firefighter from Kamloops, British Columbia, who later returned to Canada and reported that he had survived the area of ​​destruction, which he had observed was spread over the Filipino city. “The airport is gone. … There’s no power … There’s a building that’s untouched.” It does not matter how far out of Tacloban one drives, the degree of destruction is the same. ” Sakaki believed the number of fatalities would greatly exceed a projected estimate of 6,000 deaths. [30]

By the end of November 2013, GlobalMedic had treated some 1,200 patients in their field hospitals. By the second half of January 2014 his staff and assistants had distributed more than five million water purification pills and also purified over 2.4 million liters of contaminated water-making it both safe to drink and palatable-with their dozen Noah Trekkers, a Nomad purification unit , more than 3,000 more people in Toronto than Montreal. [17] Its medical staff were treating patients at a rate of ‘hundreds per day’ in its clinics, while others volunteered to help them recover their own operations. [22]Fresh teams of medics and volunteers have been rotated into the disaster zone. [31]

Horn of Africa drought, 2011-2012

Some of the approximate 2,000 Rainfresh Water Filtration units in kit form produced by GlobalMedic volunteers during the fall of 2011, for emergency shipment to drought areas in Kenya and Somalia.

Between July 2011 and mid-2012, a severe drought affected the entire East Africa region, often referred to as the Horn of Africa drought . Over the past year , Somalia , Djibouti , Ethiopiaand Kenya have been threatening the lives and livelihoods of over nine million people. [32]

GlobalMedic responded by shipping 2.8 million Aquatab purification pills and PUR water cleansing sachets to Kenya and Somalia. The volunteer organization additionally over two thousand Produced water filtration devices using wide plastic food pails, converted by volontaires Dozens of icts in the space of a borrowed warehouse Mississauga, Ontario air freight company. The filtration kits were then matched with commercial Envirogard ceramic water filter cartridges . [33] [34]

Matt Capobianco demonstrating a small, oven filter gravity-fed water purification unit, Toronto, June 2011

The components for two thousand filtration units were then shipped and shipped by intermodal containers to the drought region, with each kit being able to provide a wide range of services. A GlobalMedic WPU team traveled to Africa and worked with local aid agencies, including the Compassionate Service Society, ADRA Kenya, ADRA Somalia , MATE and FCC Kenya, to distribute its purification supplies and filtration kits. The materials distributed by GlobalMedic’s WPU team resulted in millions of liters of safe drinking water to affected populations in three countries. [35] Ten Emergency Medical Kits (EMKs) for the treatment of some 6,000 patients were also supplied to aidInternally displaced refugees in Benadir and Mogadishu in Somalia. [33] [36]

Haiti earthquake disaster, 2010

GlobalMedic was one of the international relief organizations to respond to the 2010 Haiti earthquake . The organization Worked with local partners to Quickly Provide emergency medical aid and clean drinking water to people in the Carrefour district of Port-au-Prince . [37] An initial Rapid Response Team, composed of paramedics, a doctor and an engineer traveled to the city with an inflatable field hospital structure, an investigator and several Trekker water purification units , plus millions of water purification tablets. [38] [39]

The advance team arrived at the earthquake even though the country They journeyed there by flying to the neighboring Dominican Republic , and then took an arduous 18-plus hours drive over chaotic roads in several trucks and a small bus. Among the advance group Were Rahul Singh and Dr. Michael Howatt, Who assisted with surgeries Throughout the night at the Adventist University of Haiti (Adventist University of Haiti) in the capital city starting Shortly after-His arrival there. A large capacity Explorer water purification unit was also set up within 12 hours of the group’s arrival, drawing water from a broken swimming pool being filled with river-fed ground water. [40]

Within a month of their first arrival GlobalMedic had distributed millions of Aquatab purification tablets, set up two inflatable field hospitals that were treating 300 patients to a day, brought in satellite phones and radios, and set up some 64 water purification units including 62 portable Noah Trekkers Posted by a team of 15 to 20 hired motorcyclists. [41] Motorcycles have been used extensively due to their ability to circumnavigate damaged roadways and rough terrain in order to reach outlying areas in need of aid. The Canadian organism treated 7,000 patients, distributed over 10 million liters of clean water, five million water purification tablets, and 20 Canadian volunteer rescuers at a time in response to the Haiti earthquake.[42]

Burmese cyclone and Sichuan, China earthquake, 2008

In May 2008 Cyclone Nargis feels a storm surge 40 kilometers up Myanmar ‘s densely populated Irrawaddy river delta, causing catastrophic destruction and at least 138,000 fatalities. [43] [44] It was the worst natural disaster in the country’s history, [45] with allegations that government officials stopped experiencing death after 138,000 to minimize political fallout. [46] Relief efforts were slowed for political reasons as Myanmar’s military rulers initially resisted large-scale international aid. Hampering the relief efforts, only ten days after the cyclone, near central China was hit by a massive earthquake, known as the Sichuan earthquake.

The Powerful earthquake in Sichuan Province in May 2008 Measured 8.0 M w (wave magnitude surface) [47] killing more than 69,000 people and leaving Some 4.8 million people homeless, [48] [49] though the number May-have-been as high as 11 million. [50] It was the strongest earthquake in China since 1950, and the 21st deadliest earthquake of all time when it occurred.

Shortly after the Burmese cyclone, GlobalMedic’s disaster relief staff were staged in neighbouring Thailand after being refused permission by the Burmese government. [51] [52] Burmese partners after frustrating delays land roads were established by Burmese partners. A portion of GlobalMedic’s team was then unexpectedly diverted from Thailand into China’s disaster zone, less than 48 hours after the massive Sichuan earthquake. [53]

In Sichuan Province, where more than 10 million people were affected, the quake damaged 1,200 water treatment plants and more than 800 water storage tanks, as well as some 5,000 kilometers of buried water pipes. The earthquake and its aftershocks severely compromised the supply of safe drinking water . [5] Operating from the provincial capital of Chengdu140 Noah Trekker is one of the world’s leading water purification companies. They also brought in a much larger volume of 100 liters per minute, capable of serving some 70,000 people. Aquatab water purification tablets, each capable of disinfecting a liter of contaminated water . [54]

After being asked by the Chinese Government to provide disaster assistance, GlobalMedic worked with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on the Sichuan Water and Farmland Bureau. It then helped the staff of local water distribution utilities set up and maintain the purification equipment shipped to China, and also distribute its water purification tablets. [54]

GlobalMedic’s efforts in China have been addressed by Jim Karygiannis , MP, a Canadian Member of Parliament , who has joined forces with the Toronto office, saying: [55] [56]

GlobalMedic is acting. These volunteers are generously giving their time to help people in need. Their selfless acts of kindness exemplify the best of what makes us Canadians.

Acknowledgments and honors

For His work with GlobalMedic, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper presented Rahul Singh with the ICCC’s “Humanitarian of the Year Award” in 2006. Singh aussi est devenu a recipient of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award” in 2009, [57] and Was named to the 2010 Time 100 list of “The World’s Most Influential People”. [58] The Globe and Mail included him on the list of “Canadians changing the world”, [59] and he was chosen by the Toronto Star as one of 12 “Canadians changing the way we think.” [60] In 2012, Singh was made a member of the Order of Ontario . [61] [62]

Following Singh being portrayed as one of the world’s most influential people in 2010, he and GlobalMedic have been called “the face of Canadian relief efforts around the world”. [6]

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