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REMEDY on Disaster Relief

When a natural disaster affects the world community REMEDY makes no direct contribution of the relief aid in the affected regions, and for very good reason.

REMEDY has long maintained that the millions of dollars of medical supplies collected by our associate hospitals are best suited for the chronic shortages that affect the developing world and not for acute relief. A coordinated relief effort requires immense organization. Predictability and compatibility are of the utmost importance. When a doctor is working in a disaster area, he or she needs to know exactly what supplies are available and how they must be rationed. The healthcare worker has no use for the heterogeneous and often unpredictable supplies that can be donated through the REMEDY recovery process. There is nowhere to store these supplies until they can be used, and the funds used for shipment are better spent elsewhere. Sending our boxes of supplies to a disaster region, may make us feel good, but likely poses a burden on the recipient.

Perhaps REMEDY is missing an opportunity to request a "disaster-donation" from you, and to receive some media attention, but we believe that this would be misguided, and abusive of your generosity.

So, where will REMEDY, and your contributions fit into the aid during this tragedy? Firstly, there is a high likelihood that REMEDY supplies were already "on-the-ground" prior to the disaster. Therefore, consider yourself as being one of the very first contributors! Second, long after the acute events are over, the affected communities will need help. When the eye of the international media has turned to the next tragedy, REMEDY will be here to help those charitable agencies that have a long-term commitment to the region.

Thank you again for your dedication to our work. In return we promise to stand by our mission, and use your dollars in the best way possible.

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