Offers and Requests for External Medical Teams

Many large-scale disasters attract broad coverage by the international media and images of death and destruction circulate the globe in just a matter of minutes. At times these images can be out of proportion with the actual situation at the disaster site, but unfortunately, the media may believe that this is what their "clients" want to see.

When this happens, it is difficult to convince people in non-affected countries who read or see them that the health and medical needs are being met locally. This can and will prompt both the local authorities in a disaster-stricken country to request external medical teams and well-intentioned countries and organizations to dispatch them to offer care for the victims.

The following do’s and don’ts apply to both offers to provide medical teams from outside the disaster-affected area and to requests to send these teams.

Do’s

Don’ts:

Contact

Department of Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief

Tel: (202) 974-3434

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