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Alessandra Morelli, a research midwife for the UK Midwifery Study System (UKMidSS) based in Nuffield Department of Population Health’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, has been deployed as a Data Manager with the UK Emergency Medical Team (UK-EMT) to support their mission in Turkey following a major earthquake.

Field hospital © Alessandra Morelli

The UK is currently providing a team of roughly 100 emergency medical personnel with a field hospital and clinic in Turkoglu, where the local hospital has been severely damaged due to the earthquake.

Alessandra Morelli, a research midwife at Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford and Data Manager on UK-Med’s emergency support mission said: ‘This is my first deployment with the UK-EMT, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to support the data management of the deployment. We are in Turkoglu, eastern Turkey, where the effects of the earthquake were devastating. There is a very high proportion of people who have been displaced by the effects of the earthquake, with a temperature at night of -6 degrees.

Read the full story on the University of Oxford website