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Kaiser Pledges Up to $1 Million for Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Kaiser Permanente has pledged up to $1 million for relief and recovery efforts in the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan, which hit Nov. 8, killing thousands and creating massive devastation.

Initially, Kaiser said, it is immediately contributing $200,000 to five organizations. They include:

  • The American Red Cross, $100,000.
  • Doctors Without Borders, $25,000.
  • Mercy Corps, $25,000.
  • Relief International, $25,000.
  • Team Rubicon, $25,000.

Additional funding of up to $800,000 will follow after Kaiser and relief experts determine where extra funding is needed most. "That is why we have set aside funds for long-term recovery, when those specific needs are determined and the best ways to address them are clear," CEO Bernard Tyson said in a Nov. 25 statement.

In addition, several Kaiser volunteers have already reached the affected areas, and more than 250 doctors, nurses and other staffers have volunteered to help, Kaiser officials said Monday.

Here's a link to a Nov. 22 blog post by Dr.Vivian Keyes, an emergency room physician at Kaiser's San Francisco medical center who's helping the Philippine Red Cross in Cebu.

Ray Baxter, Kaiser's senior vice president for community development, research and health policy, told the Business Times that the organization is following the same approach it's used in responses to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the huge earthquake in Haiti five years later. That includes making immediate contributions for urgent relief efforts and following up later with longer-term aid.

Right now, "we don't know what else other organizations will do," Baxter said, or what the most significant longer-terms needs will be.

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