I don't feel the need to give much of an overview of the current state of things in South Asia right now. I'm sure that everyone is well aware of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami. The death toll has already passed 100,000 and I expect that the final number will be much more.
Several bloggers have already talked about relief efforts. Much of the initial efforts have been for rescue work and providing emergency provisions. Many nations outside of the disaster area (notably Australia, the USA, New Zealand and Singapore) have deployed their militaries to help and groups from all over the world are converging on worst-hit areas.
The next thing that the region needs is vast amounts of medical aid to prevent the rapid spread of disease among the survivors. Because of that, I've decided to give some money to AmeriCares since they are reputed to be a pretty efficient outfit and are concentrating on delivering medical supplies. Click on the AmeriCares graphic if you would also like to make a donation.
Don't worry if you can't give a lot. According to AmeriCare, every $100 of cash donations allows them to deliver about $3,000 in medical supplies. So even ten bucks will go a long way.