Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams

January 14, 2010 14:44 ET

Canadian Medical Assistance Team Preparing to Depart Early Friday for Haiti

Assessment team to evaluate medical assistance needs in devastated areas

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2010) -

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The Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is deploying its initial disaster assessment team to Port-au-Prince, Haiti scheduled to leave Friday morning from Toronto and Vancouver. The organization is also making an emergency appeal for donations to help the people in Haiti after the powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the area, which was centered about 15km southwest of the capitol. 30,000 people are confirmed dead, and numbers are expected to increase.

CMAT's initial assessment team will conduct a needs assessment in the Port-au-Prince area to ascertain the level of devastation. The assessment includes evaluating the destroyed infrastructure and surveying the health needs of the earthquake affected victims in order to prepare for the deployment of CMAT's inflatable field hospital.

Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a Canadian-based grassroots disaster relief organization made up of medical professionals and non-medical volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world. CMAT teams have responded to numerous crisis situations including the Southeast Asian Tsunami and earthquake ravaged Kashmir, Pakistan and Sichuan, China. CMAT has accumulated a database of several hundred skilled health care professionals from across Canada. All volunteers cover their own travel costs.

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Supplies will be gathered today at CMAT's donated warehouse space at 4:30 p.m. EST in preparation for tomorrow's departure.

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2010
Time: 4:30 p.m. EST
Where: Farrex Freight Systems Inc.
  310A Annagem Blvd.,(Hurontario Street, north of the 401)
  Mississauga, Ontario L5T2V5
Who: Valerie Rzepka: Registered Nurse and CMAT Chairperson from Toronto, Ontario

The CMAT assessment team members who will be departing for Port au Prince, Haiti Friday morning include:

Valerie Rzepka: Registered Nurse and CMAT Chairperson from Toronto, ON.
Bill Coltart, Paramedic and CMAT Regional Chair (Western Canada) from Comox, BC.
Sandra Hodge, Registered Nurse from Jasper, AB
Chris Kaley, Paramedic from Squamish, BC
Ryan Thorburn, Paramedic from Comox, BC.

About the Canadian Medical Assistance Team (CMAT):
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-denominational charitable foundation registered in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. Established in December 2005, CMAT has earned a reputation as an important partner agency of the United Nations.

CMAT's mission states that by preserving human dignity, helping to reduce suffering and building capacity, CMAT aims to assist vulnerable communities most affected by poverty, conflict and natural disaster to heal their biological, psychological, and social wounds.

For more information please visit

Canadian Charitable Registration # 88439 3315 RR0001

Contact Information

  • For further information or to schedule an interview,
    please contact: Canadian Medical Assistance Teams
    Shari Balga
    Media Relations