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Monday, May 15, 2006

Medical Clinic Letter

Please send this to your local physician's groups. I looked for ours in the yellow pages and found far more than I thought possible! I sent to internal medicine, family practice and pediatric groups, leaving out the other specialties for now.

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing on behalf of the Pass Christian Free Medical Clinic being run by United Peace Relief of California. United Peace Relief (
www.UnitedPeaceRelief.org) was started by Lynn Meadows, PA in conjunction with AIDSail immediately following hurricane Katrina to help with the overwhelming medical needs in the Gulf Region.

Those needs still exist. While some areas are progressing so that the local medical infrastructure can handle the needs of the citizens and volunteers, many are still non-existent. Pass Christian, MS is one of those places.

Lynn wrote me the following:
“UNITED PEACE RELIEF has an immediate need for medical volunteers to go to the gulf region and staff the Village Free Clinic in Pass Christian, MS. We need Nurses, Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and EMTs. When the doors are open the clinic is busy. When the doors are close, we have no volunteers. Please consider volunteering as soon as you can. It is easy to get an emergency license in Mississippi. If you cannot come, please ask a medical friend who might. At this point our commitment is through June 15, 2006 and will probably extend. Fly into Gulfport, MS with no charge to stay there. We are making a national plea for medical workers, please come and help us keep the doors to the clinic open.”

Charles Beardsley, another medical clinic’s founder, wrote the following:
“In many respects, not much has changed in the sense that we still see between 90 to 110 patients per day, the vast majority having upper respiratory infections, staph (which seems to be endemic down here) and/or diabetes related issues.”

If you are interested, please contact Lynn Meadows at your earliest convenience. The need for staffing, medications and funds remains as great now as it did the day after the hurricane.

Lynn Meadows, PA Co-Founder, United Peace Relief,
www.UnitedPeaceRelief.org P.O. Box 933Ukiah, CA 95482707-462-2439; 707-463-1952 FAXlynn@unitedpeacerelief.org
Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Sincerely,


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