Media Advisory: McMaster expert travelling to Nepal to offer medical relief following latest earthquake

HAMILTON, May 12, 2015: A second major earthquake in as many weeks struck Nepal Tuesday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds more. The 7.3 magnitude aftershock comes just 17 days after a devastating earthquake near Kathmandu killed more than 8,000 and left tens of thousands without shelter, electricity, food or water.

Dr. Lynda Redwood-Campbell, professor and global health coordinator in the Department of Family Medicine, will be travelling to Nepal on Wednesday, May 20 to assist with disaster relief efforts. She previously worked with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) field hospital in Indonesia following the December 2004 tsunami, and later assisted with relief efforts in Kashmir following a November 2005 earthquake in the region. Redwood-Campbell also travelled to Haiti in 2010 to help treat the cholera outbreak that gripped the impoverished Caribbean nation following a massive earthquake, and most recently visited the Philippines in 2013 in response to Typhoon Haiyan. There, she served as a team leader for the Canadian Red Cross Emergency Response Unit.

Redwood-Campbell's primary interests include disaster relief, refugee and immigrant health, international humanitarian work and global and international health.

She can be reached at 905-220-2117 or redwood@mcmaster.ca. She is available Tuesday, May 12 from 3-5 p.m. and Wednesday, May 13 from 3-5 p.m.

McMaster's on-campus broadcast studio is available for conducting live or pre-taped television interviews.

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