GH man helping flood victims in Thailand

Grand Haven resident Christopher Barrett arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, with his family in mid-October, ready to assume responsibilities as a senior technical consultant with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Tribune Staff
Nov 4, 2011


An immunologist, Barrett is based in Thailand to serve populations in Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia,

Threat of disease in the wake of what reportedly is the worst flooding in decades, however, means that Barrett will also use his training to assist the Thai people.

Since July, flood waters have displaced hundreds of thousands of people and some 400 have died; and authorities are warning of the risk of dengue fever, malaria, diarrhea and other water- and insect-borne diseases.

“We’ll be supporting the Thai health ministry,” Barrett said in a phone interview Wednesday. “There’ve been requests for mosquito bed nets and we’ve already supplied small boats. Because of the risk of dengue, we’re providing information about dengue."

Central Bangkok — where Barrett lives with his wife, Julie Van Eenenaam, and their young daughter — has so far avoided the flooding that in some neighborhoods is 3- to-4-feet deep. Many of the city’s suburbs have been flooded for nearly two weeks.

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