January 06, 2005 16:46 ET

International SOS Announces 'Northern Sumatra Relief Fund'; Funding Will Go to Mid- to Long-Term Medical Projects



JANUARY 6, 2005 - 16:46 ET

International SOS Announces 'Northern Sumatra Relief
Fund'; Funding Will Go to Mid- to Long-Term Medical

PHILADELPHIA--(CCNMatthews - Jan 6, 2005) -

International SOS, the world's largest medical and security assistance
company, announced today the establishment of the "Northern Sumatra
Relief Fund" to aid victims of the tsunami disaster that struck
Southeast Asia on December 26. The fund, which has already raised more
than $95,000 to date from International SOS employees, clients, and
individuals will be used toward the purchase of much needed medical
equipment for Phuket, Banda Aceh, Medan and others of the hardest hit
regions around Northern Sumatra, Indonesia.

Since the tsunamis struck, International SOS has activated regional
Alarm Centers in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta and New Delhi and has
dispatched medical teams to Medan, Banda Aceh, Phuket, Krabi, Colombo
and other remote areas. Teams on the ground are providing medical advice
and assistance, evacuations, handling hospitalizations and providing
first hand feedback on the challenges facing the region.

According to Dr. Doug Quarry, an SOS Medical Director who is helping
coordinate efforts from Sydney, Australia, "With growing concerns about
emerging health problems such as malaria and dysentery, and the injuries
and long term recovery that survivors face, medical equipment is one of
the most serious needs in the region. The fund will help answer that
need and not only address emergency supplies but also begin the process
of rebuilding hospital infrastructure devastated during the disaster."

Kevin Morris, Vice President of Marketing for SOS, commented: "The
employees, management and clients of International SOS, like people
around the world, immediately wanted to know how they can help. Based on
the input of our medical teams on the ground, we are confident that
their charitable contributions will be applied in the most effective and
relevant ways."

To help manage response to the crisis, SOS has established a temporary
24-hour Alarm Center in Phuket (28 permanent SOS Alarm Centers exist
around the world) and has deployed operations specialists to Krabi
(Thailand), Male (Maldives), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Medan (North
Sumatra, Indonesia). These teams are on the ground in the affected
areas, working closely with local emergency authorities.

To date, International SOS has evacuated more than 35 victims of the
disaster from affected areas, the majority of them tourists vacationing
in Thailand, and has received more than 1,000 client requests for

More information on how to contribute to the relief fund can be found on The website includes a specific section with
current information on the tsunami crisis, including information on
locating missing persons, DNA testing for identification purposes,
national hotlines for assistance and advice, medical and security
updates and advice on travel to the region. The site is continuously

About International SOS

International SOS ( is the world's largest and
most comprehensive provider of integrated medical and security
assistance services, as well as the leading provider of remote site
medical services. It has a full time staff of 4,000 professionals
including a medical staff of over 1,000. Each year, International SOS
handles almost 400,000 medical assistance and physician referral cases
for international travelers. Aviation Desks of FAA-certified
coordinators help maintain a worldwide network of air ambulance
providers and a fleet of 10 dedicated air ambulances. Services include
emergency medical evacuations and medically supervised repatriation,
24-hour access to staff physicians and security experts at 28 SOS Alarm
Centers and 22 International Clinics worldwide and medical monitoring.
SOS clients include the majority of Fortune 500 companies as well as
leading insurance companies, credit card programs, specialty travel
programs, universities, government agencies and NGO's.

The Americas headquarters for SOS is located in Philadelphia, with
offices in Toronto and Houston.

MEDIA NOTES: To interview an SOS spokesperson, or one of the on the
ground SOS medical team members about the fund or the current
situation in the Asia Pacific region, please contact:

Andrea Bestul
International SOS
Ph: 215-942-8050

Jennifer Devlin
Susan Davis International
Ph: 202-414-0786 or 703-966-3241


Contact Information

    International SOS, Philadelphia
    Jennifer Devlin, 202-414-0786