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25/11/2013: ADVISORY NO. 7: GUIDELINES ON THE ACCEPTANCE OF FOREIGN MEDICAL TEAMS

In light of the current situation in the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), please be informed that the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines has issued the following guidelines on the acceptance of Foreign Medical Teams (FMT):

1.  Foreign governments, international non-government organizations, independent foreign organizations, health actors, humanitarian teams and foreign private organizations or initiatives, with the intent to send medical teams to the Philippines should directly contact the Department of Health, copy furnished the Philippine Consulate General:

Secretary Enrique T. Ona, MD
Office of the Secretary
Department of Health
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-7800 local 1125, 1126 or 1108
Fax No.:  (+632) 743-1829

Email:  etona@co.doh.gov.ph

Attention: Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa
Email: tjherbosa@co.doh.gov.ph; ted.herbosa@gmail.com
2.  Interested entities shall fill out the attached form for DOH’s evaluation
3.  The DOH will assess the capacities of the Foreign Medical Teams (FMT) and will issue approvals for deployment, which includes the FMT’s area of assignment, station of operations, date of operation, key services to be provided, etc.  Please note that the station of operation might be changed depending on the current situation.
4.  The FMT will be informed once it has been approved for deployment.

For your additional information, DOH Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa has been assigned to be in charge of Foreign Medical Teams.