15 January 2005
U.S.-Russian IT specialists Join Tsunami Relief Effort: DataArt to partner with Disaster Psychiatry Outreach
At the time of the enormous tragedy in Asia, U.S./Russian IT specialists join the humanitarian effort as DataArt, an offshore software development company, announced its commitment to implement IT restructuring for Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO) efforts in Sri Lanka.
New York based DPO, a volunteer organization of psychiatrists, is sending doctors to assist with buildup of mental health infrastructure and disaster relief counseling in Sri Lanka. The effort was being hampered by the outdated processing system, lacking some tracking and registration features. Having learned of the difficulties, DataArt committed a team of highly specialized IT professionals to update DPO's web-based registration and news feed system.
"It is absolutely essential that survivors of this enormous tragedy receive proper mental counseling", said Sander Koyfman, MD, Board Member of Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. "We have doctors traveling to the hot spots, arranging training preparation for disaster relief workers, but the logistics of this effort are extremely complex and we are grateful for DataArt's help".
"It is the least we could do to help", stated Eugene Goland, President of DataArt. "DPO's effort is truly admirable, especially considering the reported shortage of mental health workers in Sri Lanka. We are glad that our IT effort will eventually help sooth the pain of families who lost their loved ones."
DataArt is also supporting DPO in the upcoming 122604 ThirstAid Fundraiser to be held January 24th, 2005 in New York City.
Disaster Psychiatry Outreach is a non-profit volunteer organization of psychiatrists with a mission to provide mental health services at disaster sites in conjunction with government and private charitable organizations and to cultivate and implement educational programs. Since its founding, DPO has responded to the crash of Swissair Flight 111 in 1998, the crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 in 1999, conducted a two-week mission to El Salvador to assist earthquake victims in February 2001 and has played the central role in the mental health response to the WTC attack on 9/11.
DataArt is a well-established software outsourcing service provider focused on serving the needs of Small-to-Medium size Businesses (SMBs), particularly in the financial services industry, in the U.S. and Europe. Headquartered in New York City, DataArt runs a state-of-the art Development Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, and has offices in San Francisco, Jacksonville, FL, Chapel Hill, NC and London, UK. DataArt has developed software for Mail.ru - the largest e-mail provider in the Eastern Europe; and completed projects for MTA New York City Transit and Bonland Industries among others.