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South Asia Pediatric Societies Receive Direct Support From AAP

1/25/2005:   Following the deadly tsunami that struck South Asia on Dec. 26, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has taken action to directly support pediatric societies in India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The Academy is providing financial assistance to the pediatric societies so that they can assess children’s needs, and has pledged continued support once the societies determine how best to ease the children's plight.

Also in response to the disaster, AAP rushed copies of the AAP-endorsed handbook, Helping the Children: A Practical Handbook for Complex Humanitarian Emergencies, to relief workers onsite. Member pediatricians of AAP with experience in relief work also traveled to Asia, while others waited "on call" as part of AAP's CHILDisaster Network.

"A third of the tsunami victims are children so we feel a kindred spirit with them," said AAP President Carol Berkowitz. "And even if that weren't the case, we would think it was important to help, given the enormity of the event."

To read a list of recommendations on how the world pediatric community should respond to the tsunami emergency, and to learn more about their tsunami relief efforts, visit www.aap.org.

Later this week, watch for another WeR4Kdz E-Bulletin containing more information about tsunami relief efforts, this time about how kids can put the loose change in their pockets to good use.

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