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May 19, 2008

Myanmar: PSI's Relief Efforts


Associated Press

by Julia Bainbridge

As news reports continue to come in on the difficulties in supplying aid to the people of Myanmar in the wake of Cyclone Nargis, we're happy to report that at least one organization, Population Services International (PSI), Conde Nast Traveler's partner in the Five & Alive Fund, has managed to make a difference.

So far PSI's 600 in-country staffers have been able to:

* Help deliver a water purification solution capable of treating enough water for 998,000 people for one month.
* Work with its network of Sun Quality Health doctors to deliver medicine and health services to those desperately seeking medical attention.

But the work has just begun. The International Committee of the Red Cross estimates that the number of deaths caused by Cyclone Nargis may be as high as 200,000. With millions still homeless and without access to food, clean water, and medicine, the number could skyrocket.

In the coming months, PSI will require an additional $1 million to address the longer-term health implications of Cyclone Nargis. If you're looking to help, Conde Nast Traveler cannot more strongly recommend that you consider PSI as a possible recipient of your donation.

Stay tuned to the Daily Traveler later in the week, when we talk to PSI Myanmar's Country Representative (who is currently in Washington, D.C.) about ways to help the organization's efforts.

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