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UK Medical team Leaves For China Earthquake Zone

Department For International Development (UK)

DFID Backs UK Medical Team To Help In China Earthquake Zone

A 7-person UK medical team backed by the Department for International Development (DFID) is leaving for China to help survivors of the Sichuan earthquake. RedR specialises in providing personnel for disaster response operations and is funded with £500k per year by DFID.

The team is led by Professor Dr Tony Redmond of Manchester University and includes disaster medical specialists in areas including reconstructive surgery, orthopaedic surgery, nursing, public health and emergency medicine. The team of RedR volunteers are travelling courtesy of Virgin and are being hosted by the Sichuan authorities and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are due to arrive in Chengdu at 1425 local time on 24 May. The Foreign Office and Chinese Embassy in London co-operated to secure the team's arrangements with DFID's support.

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