Aid for Yolanda victims launched in US capital

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WASHINGTON, D.C.:The United States-Philippines Society appealed for aid to the victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) which left a humanitarian crisis in 36 provinces.

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Health Secretary Enrique Ona, the keynote speaker in a Nov. 12 forum in Washington D.C., cancelled his trip to join the rescue and relief operations in typhoon-ravaged areas. But through teleconferencing arranged with PLDT, Ona appealed for international aid for the typhoon victims during the forum.

The forum on Philippine Public Health: Challenges and Opportunities is sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, Embassy of the Philippines in cooperation with the Department of Health and the Zuellig Family Foundation.

With the presence of Washington’s key officials and businessmen, Ambassador Roberto Romulo joined Ona in appealing for assistance. Romulo is chairman of the Zuellig Family Foundation and founding director of the US-Philippine Society. He said donations can be given directly to the Society.

Former Ambassador to Manila John Negroponte was the forum’s opening speaker.

Former Health secretary Esperanza Cabral will speak on The Challenges of Reproductive Health, while Ernesto Garilao. ZFF president, will make a presentation on a successful Philippine model in the reduction of maternal mortality.

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