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Haiti still needs help

Help Haiti by supporting the International Medical Corps (IMC), a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization, founded by volunteer doctors and nurses and dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering.

There are still thousands of patients seeking treatment of which approximately 80% are in need of surgery and are running out of time – especially with the tremendous aftershocks still devastating this country. The IMC team is treating crush injuries, trauma, substantial wound care, shock and other critical cases with the few available supplies – And they’re in it for the long haul.

You can help by donating funds, volunteering in Haiti, or just spreading the word (put the above widget on your site). With this organization you can be sure your money is going to the ones that need it. IMC is highly efficient, with more than 92% resources going directly to program activities.

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Living in Emergency

Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders. Live on December 14

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. Today, MSF provides aid in more than 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters.

Thanks to Mark Hopkins, the director of Living in Emergency documentary, and his crew you have a chance to see what work for Doctors Without Borders really looks like in the field. Living in Emergency was filmed in war zones of Libera and Congo with unprecedented access to field operations. The story follows four volunteer doctors as they struggle to provide emergency medical care under extreme conditions.

Here is the trailer:

If you live in the US, you have a chance to participate in the unique one night event. Elizabeth Vargas, Anchor of ABC News 20/20, will host this event featuring the critically acclaimed documentary “Living in Emergency: Stories of Doctors Without Borders” and will moderate a LIVE panel discussion with MSF frontline aid workers and award-winning journalists. The event will be broadcast via satellite on December 14, from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU in New York City to over 440 select movie theaters nationwide.

Follow Doctors Without Borders on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Way To Go George & George

George Ure
I want to tell you a story about a father and his son. George senior and junior, obviously not Bush because this is a happy story :), but Ure. My friend George Ure jr. lives in Seattle and works as an emergency medical technician. His father on the other hand lives in Palestine, Texas. Not long ago a resident of this small town died after an accidental electrocution. Unfortunately, first responders who rushed to help were not equipped with a defibrillator, which in this case might have saved a life. George senior decided to do something about it, so he raised money and bought two automated external defibrillators (AED) for the local Fire Department. George junior then flew from Washington to teach fireman how to use these devices and hopefully save some lives in the future.

Way to go father and son!

I am proud to be your friend.

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Raise money for children by running

I am a very passionate runner myself so it gives me great pleasure to present to you a unique fund raising event. By running this year’s New York City Half-Marathon on August 16th you could also help Fresh Air Fund for children. Since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund, a not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in the country to more than 1.7 million New York City children from disadvantaged communities. During the last year’s run they raised more than $125,000 which went directly to their free programs.

You can help out either by running for Fresh Air Fund-Racers team or hosting children in your home. Find out more at The Fresh Air Fund web site and go out and do something good for yourself and others.


Creative Health Advertising, part 6

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“Explore. Just protect yourself.”
“Explore. Just protect yourself.”“Explore. Just protect yourself.”

Hansaplast Earplugs: Morgue
Hansaplast Earplugs: Morgue

Médecins sans Frontières: Text A Coffin Away

Médecins sans Frontières

Fundación Hogar de la Divina Misericordia: EKG

“You’ve got life in your hands. Make a donation today to Fundación Hogar de la Divina Misericordia.”

Fundación Hogar de la Divina Misericordia

Novartis Mebucaine
“Mebucaine. Fight your sore throat”
“Mebucaine. Fight your sore throat”“Mebucaine. Fight your sore throat”“Mebucaine. Fight your sore throat”

Be sure to check out other creative health ads:

Creative Health Advertising, part 5
Creative Health Advertising, part 4
Creative Health Advertising, part 3
Creative Health Advertising, part 2
Creative Health Advertising, part 1

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Wii Fun Center

Wii Fun Center
Nintendo and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation have been partners for more than 15 years, bringing Fun Center mobile entertainment units to children staying in hospitals. Recently they introduced a completely new Fun Center, based around Nintendo Wii, which can be rolled right up to the side of patient’s beds or anywhere in a hospital setting.

A Fun Center is a mobile entertainment unit containing a flat-screen television, DVD player, and Nintendo Wii™ system.  Whether hospitalized children are nervously awaiting surgery, sitting restlessly during a long treatment, or feeling lonely in their hospital room, the Fun Center helps them cope by providing endless hours of fun and distraction. To date, more than 5,000 Fun Centers have been sponsored by companies, foundations and individuals and are being enjoyed at hospitals across North America.

The great thing is that you can donate a Fun Center to a hospital of your choice. Just be sure to order two, one for the children and other for the staff :-). Sponsorship is currently $4,250 which includes the cost of the unit, shipping and administration, and repair and maintenance for the life of the Fun Center by dedicated Starlight staff.

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