Monday, January 03, 2005


The recent earthquake and tsunami in Aceh and parts of Northern Sumatra has caused widespread damage and has created unprecedented turmoil and hardship for the unfortunate people there. We the members of the Catholic Doctors Association of Malaysia are one of the closest neighbour to Sumatra and we also speak the same language. We have decided to send a medical team to Banda Aceh and nearby Medan where there is now a refugee centre.

Our medical team headed by our president, Dr Andrew Choo will be leaving for Banda Aceh on Thursday 6 Jan 2005. We will be working with the Jesuit Refugee Service(JRS) in Aceh. Rev. Fr Paul Das from the Church of St Francis Xavier in Petaling Jaya(PJ), Selangor, Malaysia will be going with us. Fr Paul is currently with JRS in KL& PJ and he will be coordinating our relief efforts with his counterpart in Aceh. Dr Choo will be able to give us a clearer picture of their needs in a few days.

We plan to have a few medical teams working in rotation to relieve Dr Choo who will be there for 10 days. Each team will stay for for between 7 to 10 days and we need volunteer doctors, nurses and aid in the form of antibiotics, vaccines, anti diarrhoe medication, ORS etc. Cash donations will be most welcomed as we may need to be there for more than a month and will incurr a lot of expenses.

You may send your donations to "CATHOLIC DOCTOR'S ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA" , c/o Assunta Hospital, Jalan Templer, 46990 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, together with your full name, address, Email or Fax number. Receipts will be issued for all donations.

For further information please contact Dr Assunta Davadass at +6012 3070204 or Dr Anthonysamy at +603 42572875 or Email us at:

Posted by Dr K Y Chong(Malaysia)