Earthquake in Turkey

On Tuesday, November 30th, Direct Relief International will send its tenth shipment of medical aid to the region of Turkey devastated by two major earthquakes since August. This shipment is going to the department of orthopedics and traumatology at the Abant Izzet Baysal University Hospital in Duzce, Turkey, epicenter of the most recent quake. Valued at more than $250,000 (wholesale), it includes emergency medical supplies such as orthopedic surgical instruments, wound dressings and first aid kits. The hospital has been overwhelmed by victims of the November 12th quake, which killed at least 760 people. Some 5,000 more are still hospitalized for treatment of injuries suffered during the tremor, which measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. Direct Relief's previous shipments to Turkey, beginning in August, have amounted to well over $1 million worth of medical supplies such as antibiotics, surgical supplies, catheters, I.V. packs, crutches, splints, braces and slings. Although Direct Relief most often sends exclusively medical goods and equipment, some of the earlier shipments have also included basic survival supplies. Hundreds of tents, sleeping bags, blankets, flashlights, parkas, socks, gloves and all-weather clothing are among the items that have been sent.