10 years ago today, many of us woke to news of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that swept the Indian Ocean, taking with it 230,000 lives, and affecting 14 nations. The response to this disaster was unprecedented, and gave rise to a new culture of international humanitarianism. The grassroots of Canadian Medical Assistance […]
Sunday, September 11, 2011 – Six months ago, on March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake struck off the coast of northern Japan. The earthquake and tsunami that followed caused the death of at least 24,000 people and set off a nuclear crisis which was as confusing as it was frightening. Four months later, CMAT Chair Valerie […]
Friday, April 1, 2011 – Kitakamicho Aikawa, Japan: Together with local authorities in Japan, CMAT team members successfully installed a Nomad water purification unit in the small fishing village. The purchase of this portable water purification system manufactured by Noah Water Systems was made possible through the generous support of our donors, especially the Lotus Light […]
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 – Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan- The CMAT Medical Team continues to work in the communities surrounding Ishinomaki, and is slowing winding up its operations in Japan. While visiting evacuation centres in several small villages along the coast, team members provided first aid and some primary medical care to the evacuees. Many of the […]
Sunday, March 27, 2011 – A magnitude-6.1 earthquake shook eastern Japan off the quake-ravaged coast on Monday morning, prompting Japan to issue a tsunami alert. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, but the Japan Meteorological Agency announced that a tsunami of up to 1.6 feet (a half meter) may wash into Miyagi Prefecture. The tsunami […]
Saturday, March 26, 2011 – Ishinomaki, Miyagi, Japan- The CMAT Medical Team has had a busy last few days. The team has been splitting into smaller groups of 4 to 5 individuals, and surveying the city of Ishinomaki and outlying coastal villages within a 30km radius. Yesterday, a 5-member strike team collaborated with the Japanese military […]
Wednesday, March 23, 2011: The team which left Vancouver yesterday has arrived in Tokyo. They were met by our kind drivers, and taken into the city for the night, to prepare for their six-hour drive north to Miyagi prefecture in the morning. Dr. Jarvis’ Geiger counter (ionizing radiation detector) has found that the level of […]
Sunday, March 20, 2011 – The CMAT Rapid Assessment Team has been working tirelessly since its return from Tokyo a few days ago, and has been monitoring the situation in Japan where a large 9.0 earthquake and tsunami last week devastated coastal cities and infrastructure. We have also been following the ensuing crisis with destroyed power […]
Thursday, March 17, 2011 – Following the return of the rapid assesment team Wednesday from Japan, CMAT continues to stage our response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan from Vancouver. We anticipate an imminent re-deployment, with medical volunteers who are trained in CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive) events.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 – In follow up to last night’s decision to evacuate the team from Japan – CMAT is currently in the process of transitioning equipment and supplies from its warehouse in Toronto, to Vancouver in anticipation of re-deployment at the earliest possible opportunity. We continue to monitor nuclear safety concerns through the Global […]
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams
PO Box 35055
Toronto, ON M4K 3P5
Registration # 851226498 RC0001
Follow us on Facebook
Team Foxtrot officially launched from Pearson to Poland/Ukraine last night!!
Thank you to @LOTPLAirlines and station manager Tadeusz Dominski for all their help throughout this deployment.
Safe travels @CMATeams!
A fantastic overview of CMAT’s deployment by team leader David Thanh on CBC radio today. https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-46/clip/15912311
Sveta Melchuk shares some Stories told to her during the course of her work in Western Ukraine…. (shared with permission)
“Yesterday I cried. I needed to leave this story for today, on its own. A family of 3 came to the container: a lady her daughter and son-in-law…2
Dr Jonah von Schreeb, @WHO emergency medical team coordinator talks about a training on mass casualties in #Ukraine for healthcare workers in one of the hospitals in Lviv. This training gave the staff confidence that they can manage this type of emergency situation and save lives