GP faces devastation of typhoon aftermath

Both have been challenging destinations for Dr Yapa, a GP and volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) but she says “things are improving every day”.

“Making my way home from Iraq, I was in Auckland just one week when this happened. The destruction motivated me to come here and give a hand. Being a part of the emergency response was something I couldn’t say no to, so here I am,” she told MO by phone.

Currently positioned in Palo on Leyte Island, 12km south of Tacloban, this will be Dr Yapa’s third field placement after joining MSF in 2012. 

Working with two expats and five national doctors, Dr Yapa is a member of an MSF team providing humanitarian aid in five of the most severely affected areas of the region.

Dr Yapa’s team treats around 350 patients a day. The most common health concerns are wounds from the debris of the typhoon, infection from living in damp