A Message from Dean Fallin Speaking about the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

February 10, 2023

Message sent on behalf of Dean M. Daniele Fallin

Dear Rollins Community,  

On Monday of this week, two devastating earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, with the death toll passing 20,000 and climbing as this situation rapidly evolves. This natural disaster is both a humanitarian and public health emergency, not only for those who lost their lives and/or are awaiting rescue, but for the tens of thousands (or more) who are now injured or displaced from their homes during a brutally cold winter. My thoughts are with all of those struggling to navigate this tragedy on the ground, as well as anyone in our community here who may have ties to the region. 

The university is holding a community gathering and response at Cannon Chapel on February 15 at 12 p.m. in support of the earthquake’s victims in case you are interested in attending. If you are seeking additional emotional support at this time, please continue to turn to your community here for friendship and connection, as well as to the resources provided through Emory’s Faculty Staff Assistance Program Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.

If you are looking for ways to contribute to the relief efforts currently underway, I wanted to share a number of organizations and funding campaigns seeking donations, as provided by our global health colleagues doing work in this region. Please note this list is not exhaustive of all organizations or efforts in progress. 

Relief Organizations 

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières 

IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation 

International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement 

Save the Children 

The White Helmets


Thanks to all of you for your concern and care. 



Daniele Fallin, PhD
James W. Curran Dean of Public Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University