Based in New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has served at a variety of top New York, NY, financial institutions in his career, most recently serving as the chief technology officer and risk strategist for Merrill Lynch. A charitable individual, Rao Chalasani supports relief organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.
According to a recent report from Doctors Without Borders, the need for humanitarian aid in Syria is greater than ever before. The organization conducted health surveys that show two alarming trends in the health care the country’s residents are receiving in the wake of the ongoing civil conflict.
The first trend is a direct result of the displacement that has taken place as a result of the fighting, specifically in the area of Daraa. Expectant mothers in this area have had a difficult time getting the care they need when delivering their babies, which has resulted in a high number of home births, as well as inadequate pre- and post-natal care.
The second troubling trend piggybacks off the first, with data showing that upwards of 60 percent of children five years of age and younger are not getting the vaccinations they need to ward off preventable illnesses. These reports were compiled from two major health surveys that Doctors Without Borders conducted in July 2016 and May 2017.
Currently residing in New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has worked with several top New York, NY, financial companies throughout his accomplished career. Most recently, he served as the chief technology officer and risk strategist for Merrill Lynch. Outside of his work in the risk management field, Rao Chalasani supports several different charitable organizations, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF).
A recent outbreak of cholera in Yemen has Doctors Without Borders (MSF) calling for immediate aid to the region. According to MSF, the disease is spreading at a rampant pace and has the potential to propagate to uncontrollable proportions. Over a two-month period, the organization treated more than 12,000 cases of cholera, with the rate doubling over a five-day period near the end of May.
A lack of proper sanitation services, unclean drinking water, and continuing conflict destabilizing the region are the prime contributors to the spread of cholera in the area. Malnourished adults and children are at an elevated risk for contracting the illness, which is compounded by their lack of access to adequate health care. That’s why MSF is calling on relief organizations to send immediate aid to the area to help combat the spread of cholera to further, outlying areas.
A resident of Livingston, New Jersey, Rao Chalasani has held various executive roles in the technology field, including working at a number of major financial firms in New York, NY. A committed philanthropist, Rao Chalasani supports a number of relief and medical organizations, including Doctors Without Borders.
According to a May 2017 press release from Doctors Without Borders, the cholera epidemic in Yemen has become a full-blown humanitarian crisis. Over a period of several weeks this spring, those who reported infections increased by a substantial margin. The organization has responded by setting up treatment centers at the five major medical facilities that are still operating in the country. Most of the hospitals have shut down, however, because of ongoing fighting.
With casualties from the war continuing to mount, Doctors Without Borders says that existing hospital facilities are ill-equipped to handle the increased amount of cholera infections occurring in the country. The organization is calling upon other relief and humanitarian organizations to provide resources for more treatment centers to curb the epidemic and provide care to those who desperately need it.