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Liverpool GP heading to Phillipines on mercy mission

A Liverpool GP is preparing to swap the streets of Sefton for a medical volunteer mission on a remote island in the Philippines.

Locum Dr Ralph Brussatis is planning to travel to the island of Mindanao immediately after New Year as part of a humanitarian mission with the German-based organisation ‘Doctors for Developing Countries'. He will spend the next ten weeks treating patients as part of a ‘rolling doctor clinic', travelling with a nurse and drive to isolated villages by 4-wheel drive, foot, canoe - and even donkey.

He also plans to work in a small community hospital and outpatient department.

Dr Brussatis, who has previously been on similar missions to Belize and Manila, said: ‘Every three seconds a child dies due to the lack of life-saving assistance and medication. That is approximately 30,000 children a day – yesterday, today, tomorrow. They die of diarrhoea because they and their parents do not have access to clean drinking water. Or they die of infectious diseases that are long forgotten in Europe, such as measles, whooping cough, tetanus or diphtheria.'

‘Sometimes it is important for me to go beyond my normal tracks and to contribute and offer my expertise, skills and compassion to a situation in which every help is needed to make a tiny change and a difference for these people.'

Dr Ralph Brussatis: on mission to Philippines Dr Ralph Brussatis

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