Rao Chalasani of Livingston, New Jersey, has served in numerous technology leadership positions, including that of chief technology officer of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in New York, NY. Outside of work, Rao Chalasani contributes to several charitable organizations, including Doctors Without Borders.
Doctors Without Borders is working to ensure that the people of Haiti have access to medical care following the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, which resulted in the displacement of an estimated 175,000 people. In addition to ensuring continued operation of its four facilities in Port-au-Prince, Doctors Without Borders is reaching out to those in remote villages to control the spread of diseases such as cholera, dengue, malaria, and pneumonia.
With Hurricane Matthew cutting off access to villages in Grande Anse and Sud, Doctors Without Borders personnel have had to reach some villages by helicopter. The most urgent needs in these areas are food, water, and shelter.
The most common ailments resulting from the hurricane are gastritis, infected wounds and fractures, and upper respiratory tract infections. Of particular concern are infected wounds, which can eventually lead to sepsis if not treated.
To learn how you can contribute to Doctors Without Borders’ efforts in Haiti, visit http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/support-us/donation-faq.