June 27, 2008
Second Team of Canadian Doctors Return from China to Debrief on Earthquake Relief Efforts; CIER Readies Third Medical Team To Provide Aid (TORONTO) Community-based organizations led by the Chinese Immigrant Emergency Relief (CIER) will convene a news conference on Saturday (June 28th) to welcome back two Canadian doctors from the earthquake zone in China. Dr. Joseph Shan and Dr. Jian-Hua Shen are two Canadian psychologists who spent two weeks in China providing expert psycho-social assistance to trauma victims and to train volunteers and assist in building local capacity.
"Since its inception of the earthquake, CIER realized that the urgent need for psycho-social assistance in the earthquake zone, Dr. Stan Zheng of CIER said today." We have since responded by sponsoring two teams of physicians to Sichuan to provide direct care for the victims suffering physical as well as psychological trauma."
"We plan to deploy three more teams of psychologists and physicians to the earthquake zone in the coming months."
Community groups will report on current planning, preparation and fundraising for the Wenchuan Earthquake Psychological Assistance Team. Another medical team is readying to depart to China shortly. Representatives of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Association For Business and Community Development and Disaster Relief Action Group will take part in the briefing.
G16-4168 Finch Ave. East in Scarborough (offices of CPAC)
Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am EST
- Dr. Stanley Zheng, Chinese Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund
- Victor Wong, Chinese Canadian National Council
- Alice Choy, Association for Business and Community Development
- Flora Chong, Disaster Relief Action Group
- Dr. Joseph Shan, Chinese Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund
- Dr. Jian-Hua Shen, Chinese Immigrant Emergency Relief Fund
Founded in 1980, CCNC is a national non-profit organization with 27 chapters across Canada and a community leader for Chinese Canadians in promoting a more just, respectful, and inclusive society. CCNC (and redress allies) is the co-winner of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation's 2008 Award of Excellence for its work on the Chinese Head Tax redress campaign.
DRAG includes the key organizers and volunteers from the 2004-05 Canadians for Tsunami Relief campaign. Community group members of DRAG include Burma Cyclone Relief Committee, Canada Sichuan Earthquake Committee and Chinese Canadian National Council.
ABCD is a non-profit organization serving immigrant communities in Montreal with specific services for seniors and youth, and for the promotion of international development and multiculturalism.
For media interviews, please contact: Dr. Stanley Zheng at 647-290-1783 or Victor Wong at (416) 977-9871.
May 30, 2008
Two Canadian Doctors Return from China to Debrief on Earthquake Relief Efforts; CIER Sends Second Medical Team To Provide Aid
(TORONTO) The Chinese Immigrants Emergency Relief (CIER), Chinese Canadian National Council (CCNC) and Disaster Relief Action Group (DRAG) will convene a news conference tomorrow (May 31st) to welcome back two Canadian doctors from the earthquake zone in China. Dr. Charles Jiang, and Dr. Haibo Xu were among the first international doctors to arrive in China to assist with local relief efforts. Dr. Jiang and Dr. Xu will provide their first eye-witness account of the local response to the earthquake disaster.
Community groups will also make an announcement about the current planning, preparation and fundraising for the Wenchuan Earthquake Psychological Assistance Team. One Canadian psychologist who is familiar with the local language and cultural communications left for Chengdu yesterday and a second psychologist will be departing for China shortly to provide professional mental health care in the earthquake zone. A representative from the Hua Xi teaching hospital in Sichuan will provide a live briefing by conference call. Dr. Joseph Wong, Chair of Disaster Relief Action Group will be assisting with the fundraising drive for this initiative and CCNC will report on the pan-Canadian response to earthquake fundraising appeal.
Wenchuan Earthquake Psychological Assistance Team is a volunteer group organized by the Chinese Immigrant Emergency Relief (CIER) in Toronto, Canada. Please refer to the CIER site www.cierf.org to learn more about its mission and work for the Chinese community in Canada.
Two medical doctors with Chinese background funded by the CIER left Toronto to the quake zone last week with the Canadian Medical Assistance Team. They decide to stay voluntarily in Sichuan to provide the much needed medical assistance even though CMAT left right away after assessment. The two doctors who report back to the CIER from Sichuan on a daily basis have raised their concerns about the growing urgency of providing mental health first-aid assistance at the quake site.
CIER realize the impact of Wenchuan Earthquake to the survivors’ mental health and the urgent need of psychological assistance at the quake zone is indeed a critical task to prevent future mental health issues of the affected population. After dispatching the first relief team formed by the two experienced medical doctors with Chinese background with the CMAT last week, a second relief project – Wenchuan Earthquake Psychological Assistance Team (WEPAT) - focusing on population’s mental health following the disaster is now under careful planning and preparation.
- Fund the first medical team working in Mian Yang, Sichuan, and the WEPAT project.
- Provide professional mental health care in the quake zone with teams of local mental health workers on the ground in Sichuan
- Provide mental health first-aid training to mental health volunteer workers on the ground in the quake zone.
Dr. Stanley Zheng
Dr. Danny S. C. Yeung
Dr. K. C. Chan
Fund Raising Coordinator:
Joseph Ng, TBA