Physical therapists (PTs) from outside the Philippines have arrived on the islands to join their peers and other medical professionals in relief efforts in the wake of typhoon Haiyan. According to a report from the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT), some of the first PTs on the scene were part of 2 UK-based teams, and more are expected to join the efforts as other organizations arrive in the country.
The WCPT report stated that the PTs joining the relief work are attached to a UK-based international trauma response team, with Handicap International readying teams of emergency specialists—including rehabilitation professionals—to join the providers the organization had in the Philippines before the disaster.
According to USA Today, the area hardest hit by the typhoon is in dire need of adequate medical facilities and professionals, and relief is just now beginning to arrive more than a week after the event. Suggestions for how to donate to and help relief efforts can be found on several websites, including this Huffington Post report.
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