Mercy Relief is saddened by the sudden loss of its Senior Manager for International Programme, Shalahudin Johari in the Philippines due to a mishap. Mr Shalahudin, aged 38, died of a cardiopulmonary arrest and acute respiratory failure near the team’s abse camp in Iba, the capital municipality of Zambales, Central Luzon.

Mr Shalahudin had been in Zambales since 27 August 2009 as part of the medical relief mission to provide aid to the victims of Typhoon Kiko. The medical team had been attending to the needs of the displaced people living in 13 evacuation camps in Botolan, which is one of the region’s hardest hit areas when the typhoon struck the Philippines on 4 August 2009.

Mr T K Udairam, MR’s Chairman : ” This is such a tragic incident for all of us and it is difficult to express the distress and grief that has been felt by the whole organization at the death of Shalahudin. Of course our first thoughts must be for his family and I would like to express my sincere condolences to them. I can only hope that they take some comfort and pride in the knowledge that he lost his life in the course of helping others in their time of need.”

Mr Shalahudin Johari joined Mercy Relief in March 2009. Since then, he has gone on relief missions to Sri Lanka and Pakistan and has been overseeing Mercy Relief’s development projects in Vietnam.

‘May your deeds for humanity echo through eternity’

Mercy Relief wishes to thank everyone who has extended their condolences. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org