Emergency Response in humanitarian disasters globally - coordination not chaos - Rounds on International Surgery
Emergency Response in humanitarian disasters globally - coordination not chaos
Dr. Hossam Elsharkawi, PhD, Director, Emergencies and Recovery, International operations, Canadian Red Cross
At age 4, Hossam was medevaced out of war-torn Gaza by the Red Cross. As soon as he was old enough, he began volunteering in disaster zones. A public health specialist, Hossam brings over 20 years experience responding to some of the world's worst disasters in over 30 countries.
He is in charge of establishing the Red Cross' rapid deployment field hospital, an Emergency Response Unit (ERU) which he helped develop, and it was deployed to Haiti for the first time. Hossam and his medical team were on the ground just four days after the quake, but logistical problems delayed surgery. A damaged airport, blocked roads and downed communications are the recurring challenges in the early days of the operation.
Dr. Ross Brown, Trauma Services, UBC/VGH
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