Your gift at work
Since 2005, CMAT had provided vital medical assistance to people affected by disaster in countries around the world. Canadian donors like you helped us deliver care in many of these countries, including:
Visit our Humanitarian Projects section where you will find information on past deployments, recent news, links to our social media sites and our picture archives.
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a Canadian-based grassroots disaster relief organization made up of volunteer health professionals and non-health volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the victims of natural and man-made disasters around the world.
CMAT has been one of the first teams to arrive at the scene of recent global emergencies, and has accumulated a database over one thousand skilled health care professionals from across Canada.
Please consider volunteering or donating to help us help the most vulnerable survivors of disasters.
May 11, 2014 – Toronto, ON.
Earlier today, CMAT Executive Director Valerie Rzepka, and Director of Communications Kate Auger boarded a Philippine Airlines flight bound for Manila. After reviewing a project proposal called Oplan Kalusugan, submitted by a group of volunteers who have run other projects in the region, Valerie and Kate hope to collaborate on two, week-long medical projects in typhoon-affected areas of Leyte and Samar, with the view of potentially developing a longer-term relationship to provide assistance in the region.
The same group organized “Oplan Kabuhayan” and “Oplan Hatid”, which helped to provide livelihood for people in Haiyan-affected areas.
Coordinating with volunteer doctors from the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Manila, the team will be focusing their efforts on Tacbloban City, and Guiuan, Eastern Samar, and their environs.
From our fundraising efforts last fall for typhoon victims, CMAT will contribute $34,000 CAD to for this particular project, which aims to provide free medical, dental and basic surgical services to more than 10,000 people living in areas severely affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
CMAT wishes to extend our sincerest thanks to Philippine Airlines for its ongoing support of CMAT’s work in the Philippines, and to Innovatek Medical for its donation of point-of-care testing kits for this project!
Follow the progress of these CMAT/ Oplan projects on twitter!
CMAT has partnered with TeeSpring to produce several styles of t-shirts and tank tops as a fundraiser! One shirt lists the locations of all of CMAT’s deployments since 2005, and the other a list of humanitarian keywords. Links are included below to both the white and black versions of our limited edition CMAT deployment/ humanitarian shirts. The campaign ends May 20th, and proceeds of each shirt purchased go directly to CMATs disaster relief work!
April 6-12, 2014 is National Volunteer Week.
Meet some of the inspiring CMAT volunteers who help us fulfil our mission both at home, and in communities around the world!
Between skiing, canoeing, hiking and camping, there wasn’t much that Chris and Kelly Kaley didn’t do together. So when they decided to move west from Ontario for the slopes and snow of the Rockies, they knew their adventures together were only beginning. They both worked as paramedics for the British Columbia Ambulance Service for a number of years, and after several colleagues of theirs had discussed deployments they had participated in, Chris and Kelly were intrigued. In 2007, Chris deployed to Bangladesh after record flooding affected the impoverished nation, and in 2008, he was part of the assessment team which travelled to the earthquake stricken region of Sichuan, China. Soon after his return, Chris became a charter member of CMAT, and sat on its first Board of Directors. Kelly’s involvement in the organization soon followed.