A 148 member delegation of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) left Wednesday for the Philippines in order to provide search, rescue, and medical services in the typhoon-struck city of Tacloban, capital of the Leyte Province.
An advanced multi-department medical facility, equipped with approximately 100 tons of humanitarian and medical supplies from Israel, will be rapidly established in the city of Tacloban to provide medical care for disaster casualties, the IDF said.
The facility will be constructed of a children’s department, a women’s department, an ambulatory care department, and a general admission department, operated by IDF doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, mental health professionals, x-ray technician, and lab workers.
The delegation comprises of officials in the National Search and Rescue Unit of the Home Front Command as well as senior doctors in the IDF Medical Corps.
On Tuesday, a lead expedition of five search, rescue, and medical experts arrived in Tacloban, Philippines and formed a situation assessment determining the urgency for a rapid IDF response.
Based on this assessment, the IDF Chief of the General Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz, ordered to deploy a large-scale delegation to the disaster zone.
Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF spokesman, said: “The Home Front Command has soldiers and officers who excel in the fields of search and rescue and highly professional medical doctors experienced in such complex missions. Over the years they have been to Japan, Haiti, Ghana, Bulgaria, and Turkey, where they diligently donated from their resources and knowledge to those in need.”