Emu Park doctor’s trek for Nepalese living in remote areas
IT WAS a cause already close to Dr Tammra Warby's heart, but her Medical Trek to Nepal next month will mean even more to her in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake last week.
The Emu Park Family Practice GP decided weeks ago to do the trek, which will see her hike through rugged terrain to get to remote villages and treat patients that have little or no access to basic health care.
However, the need for her skills is now even more desperate as the country struggles to keep up with medical supplies and demand for people working on the ground.
"It made me feel sick for the people of Nepal when I found out," Dr Warby said about the natural disaster.
"It's now become an emergency medical trek. I've worked in emergency for years so I had to resist the urge to jump on a plane and go there right now, but there's no way of getting in at the moment."
Dr Warby said she originally was trying raise $2000 for her trip, but since so much more equipment and planning is needed, her goal is now $5000, with local community members, friends and family chipping in to support her.
"I have already sent $2000 of donations over to Medical Trek Nepal. Every little bit helps. We'll be carrying most of the supplies on our back while we walk for three days to get to the villages," she said.
"Right now, the organisation has locals breaking trails and dropping supplies, but it's going to be a lot more challenging since the earthquake with getting there, because their villages and tracks have been destroyed."
The temporary medical camps can treat up to 1200 people per day.
"I decided to do this to make a difference to those who need it most, which is why I studied medicine," Dr Warby said.
"I've done a lot of trekking before but I think this will be both very mentally and physically challenging."
Dr Warby is hoping to receive first aid supplies, two second-hand 60L backpacks, corporate donations and donations from anyone who would like to help the people of Nepal.
She thanked everyone who had contributed thus far, including Rotary of Emu Park and Coal Train.
HOW TO DONATE
Go to mycause.com.au and search Medical Trek Nepal to donate, or enter the raffle at Emu Park Family Practice.
There will also be a sausage sizzle held at Emu Park's IGA on May 23 from 10am to fundraise for the trek.
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