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UPDATED 12:15 pm (3-11-2005) - Following medical assessments of the tsunami-affected region, MAP International has begun implementation of its program plans to assist tsunami victims with the long term recovery following this disaster.
Recently, MAP International President, Michael Nyenhuis, and MAP International Relief Director, John Garvin, traveled in the tsunami-affected region to assess how MAP's initial relief supplies made a difference and to develop plans on future MAP activity in the region.
MAP's provision of $14 million of emergency medical supplies played a key …
"Perfect" is the word according to MAP President Michael Nyenhuis as he reviewed the inventory of medical supplies with doctors working in a make-shift clinic in the Ampara district of Sri Lanka.
"As we reviewed the list of Johnson & Johnson medical supplies, the doctors kept saying 'this is perfect'," he said. Mr. Nyenhuis visited the team of physicians working with a MAP International field partner on the Sri Lanka southern coast.
The Ampara doctors and nurses were providing medical care for about 500 area residents in a former school house.
UPDATED 8:00 pm (1-8-05) - With the expected airlift of $700,000 in high valued antibiotics, wound care supplies and other essential medicines and the six disaster modules that have already departed, MAP International's initial cargo of medical relief supplies are making their way to the victims of the tsunamis in southern Asia.
Destined to assist the estimated 750,000 victims in Sri Lanka, MAP International staff in Georgia prepared and packed $700,000 worth of essential medical supplies on Thursday for airlift early this week.
UPDATED 6:00 pm (1-5-05) - MAP International's relief effort to get essential medicines to the victims of the tsunamis in southern Asia is quickly growing.
MAP International now projects that the value of its initial medical relief for the tsunami victims in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka will exceed $1.3 million.
"The demand for the high quality antibiotics, anti-infective medicines, wound care and surgical supplies is unprecedented," said MAP President Michael J. Nyenhuis.
MAP expects to provide over $4 million in medicine and medical supplies in the coming weeks.
UPDATED 2:00 pm (1-2-05) - Nearly 5 tons of medical relief from MAP International will be airlifted from staging areas in Europe and Canada this week to aid victims of the tsunamis in India, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
In partnership with WorldVision (WV), MAP has combined 2 tons of medical supplies with other relief materials from WV that will be airlifted from Toronto on Tuesday.
Working with the Emmanuel Hospital Association, MAP will supply critical medicines that will serve 10,000 families spread over 25 villages in Toto, India.
UPDATED 1:45 pm (12-31-04) - Nearly 3 tons of medical relief from MAP International will be airlifted from a staging area in Europe early next week to aid victims of the tsunamis in Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
On Thursday, MAP International staff completed assembly of six Johnson & Johnson medical relief modules in its Brunswick, Georgia facility. Two of the modules are expected to be airlifted by Air Canada on Sunday or Monday.
MAP International staff worked throughout the day Wednesday and Thursday morning preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies for the communities devastated by the tsunami on Sunday.
MAP's initial response this first week consists of pre-packed disaster modules that can be quickly airlifted to national and international health workers on-site.
"This is just the beginning," says MAP President Michael J. Nyenhuis. "This part of the world will take a long time to get back on its feet again, so our response will continue for months.
MAP International staff have begun preparing a shipment of medicines and medical supplies for the communities devasted by the tsunami on Sunday.
John Garvin, MAP Relief Director, immediately contacted medical mission groups and key agency partners with field operations in the region to determine how fully MAP could respond to the medical needs of those along the Indonesian and Indian coasts.
"Coordination of the delivery of medicines and medical supplies for Sri Lanka and Southern India is now in progress," Garvin said.
Reuters News is reporting that as many as 22,000 …