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NOAV INTERNATIONAL/PRESS RELEASE/ APRIL 21, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(April 20, 2005, Tel Aviv) Noah's Ark Veterinarians International (NOAV International) to provide emergency veterinary assistance to animal victims of the Asian Tsunami Disaster in SRI LANKA. Urgent appeal announcement.
In the continuing wake of the Tsunami devastation, the population of Sri Lanka remains not only homeless as the monsoon season begins, but is now under an increased threat of outbreaks of animal-to-human rabies from untended wild, farm and domestic animals.
Noah's Ark Veterinarians International (NOAV), a newly formed Israeli/US Veterinary Nonprofit Relief Organization, is preparing to set up a fully-equipped, modern veterinary hospital in Sri Lanka in response to appeals from the Sri Lankan health and animal authorities. NOAV, in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Veterinary Services of Sri Lanka, is also initiating a program to address the immediate outbreak of Human Rabies due to the conditions following the Tsunami disaster and to assist them in implementing a long term nationwide modernization program to eradicate the disease. In addition, NOAV volunteers and funding will be assisting in projects dealing with the care and medical relief for wildlife and domestic animals in the area.
According to the Sri Lankan Minister of Agriculture and Animal and Livestock, more than 30,000 Sri Lankan families depend on livestock to generate their household income - hence the urgent need for global assistance in resupplying farm livestock, and housing, feeding, and medical care for the existing animals that support the regional economy.
NOAV International was founded by Israeli Veterinarian, Dr. Eytan Kreiner of "The House of Veterinarian Doctors", Macabim, Israel, in response to the enormous devastation wrought by the Tsunami in East Asia. In early March 2005, a NOAV volunteer flew to the tsunami-hit region to meet with high-ranking officials to discuss how veterinarians could aid the relief effort. Initiating Noah's Ark Veterinarian's International relief organization (NOAV), Dr. Kreiner has funded the Sri Lankan Tsunami Project solely through donations from private individuals and leading Israeli corporate sponsors. El-Al Israel Airlines and Flying Cargo have pledged to fly the hospital equipment food and medicines as far as Bangkok, Thailand; Nestle-Purina donations of pet food are stocked at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel, along with medical supplies from Sar-El Medical. The I.D.F - Medical Corps, hospitals and health organizations are all contributing medical equipment. But the mission is still a work in progress.
To complete NOAV International's medical inventory and logistical
requirements to meets the needs of the Sri Lanka Tsunami Vet Relief
Project, we are issuing an URGENT appeal to all aid and relief
organizations, philanthropic institutions and individuals. NOAV is urgently
seeking additional equipment and further sources of funding to complete this
mission. NOAV needs to raise $75,000 to cover the following expenses:
The Sri Lankan Mission Project target operations start date is June 2005.
We need your help!
- Funds to cover the costs of additional medical equipment (portable
x-ray machines etc.)
- Funds to cover round-trip travel and living expenses for rotating Vets
and Volunteers from home base to Sri Lanka.
- Funds to move the cargo from Bangkok to Sri Lanka.
- Volunteer Veterinarians to rotate in one to two month sessions on
- Veterinarian Medical Schools Internships, volunteer students, vet
techs, and volunteers with interests in animal welfare and care to partner
with this effort.
- Interns or Volunteers to assist with the nonprofit NOAV International
fundraising effort in the USA.
- Frequent Flyer Miles donations to NOAV International Flight Bank.
- Volunteer Veterinarians with international experience in tropical and
emergency medicine in voluntary advisory or on site capacity.
- Volunteer Disaster Relief Specialists, Project Managers,
Communications Specialists, Fundraisers, Development Officers, Vet School
Liaison Volunteers, Volunteer Operations Coordinator/Manager in Israel and
- Immediate and urgent donation of 6 roundtrip economy plane tickets.
from Amman, Jordan to Sri Lanka (direct flights) on Royal Jordanian
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON NOAV INTERNATIONAL, CONTACT:
Dr. Eytan Kreiner
NOAV International, ISRAEL
NOAV International, USA
USA telephone number dials directly to Israeli office.