Johnís Disaster Relief Team in the Nicobars
television news began to bring reports of the terrible tsunami
disaster along the South Asian coastline into our own living
rooms, it once again galvanized us into doing something once
again. Not many know that the St. John's Medical College Hospital,
Bangalore, has a tradition of responding to Disasters over
the last 34 years. This response has included eight teams
to the refugee camps post 1971 war in West Bengal, Bhopal
Gas Tragedy, the 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone, the 1991 Bangladesh
cyclone, 1993 Latur Khilari earthquake, 2000 Orissa super
cyclone, 2001 Gujarat earthquake and now this tsunami disaster.
Being the only medical college in India with over seven past
experiences behind them and a Disaster Relief and Training
Unit, they have been a lead health resource for the National
Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) Bangalore's Disaster
Management training courses for the Indian Administrative
Service (IAS) officers.
This tsunami disaster was one of our fastest and deepest responses.
We were the first and only voluntary non-governmental medical
team south of the Andamans in the Nicobars.
Mr. C. Balaji Singh, Executive Director & Ms. Harini Audi, Programme Officer
Care Today Fund, F14/15 Connaught Place, New
Delhi 110 001, India
Telephone: 011 23314216 (direct) 011