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15 Feb 2018 description

Meat enables hands and feet of Christ in Puerto Rico

By Laura Pauls-Thomas

Feb. 15, 2018

Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) is well known for sending high-quality cans of turkey, beef, chicken and pork around the world "in the name of Christ," providing important nutrients to people in crisis.

What is less well known, however, is that MCC also sends canned meat to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, to be used as part of peacebuilding work with Mennonite churches and schools.

06 Feb 2018 description

Release date: February 6, 2018
Release Number: 115

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of last September, FEMA and National Lumber have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

02 Feb 2018 description
report El Nuevo Diario

Se espera que lleguen 3,815 postes y 1,832 millas de cable conductor adicionales la semana próxima

El director ejecutivo interino de la Autoridad de Energía Eléctrica (AEE), Justo González, anunció hoy que el 70,9 % de los abonados en Puerto Rico ya cuenta con electricidad, gracias a los trabajos de reparación tras el huracán María.

01 Feb 2018 description
report Theirworld

The islands have lost more than 22,000 students who moved to the US mainland after the storms caused devastation - but teachers' associations have criticised the plans to close one in four schools.

Hundreds of schools in Puerto Rico face being shut down in the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Maria.

The governor has put forward plans to close a quarter of the islands' schools - 305 out of 1100 - as the United States territory struggles to cope with a massive $3.4 billion budget deficit.

30 Jan 2018 description
report Direct Relief

It’s been more than four months since Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Since then, Direct Relief has shipped more than 220 tons of specifically requested medical essentials, worth more than $56 million, to bolster the health system and enable care for Puerto Rico’s residents.

23 Jan 2018 description

Key findings

  • UN agencies, NGOs, and government employees sharing the same workspace helped collaboration and information sharing.

  • Sector-specific and cross-sector coordination meetings allowed agencies and government actors to share information that reduced delays and increased collaboration between actors.

  • The lack of reliable baseline data greatly hampered efforts and delayed carrying out assessments and distributions properly during the response.

22 Jan 2018 description

Washington, D.C. — La Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CIDH) manifiesta su preocupación por la situación de derechos humanos que continúa afectando a las y los habitantes de Puerto Rico tras la devastación ocasionada por el impacto de dos huracanes en septiembre de 2017, generando carencias y escasez de servicios básicos y por lo tanto barreras para el ejercicio de los derechos civiles, políticos, económicos, sociales, culturales y ambientales. La CIDH urge a Estados Unidos a adoptar medidas para responder a los problemas de derechos humanos identificados.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Mercy Corps

Filed by: Emma Schwartz, Information Officer

On the morning of Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, devastating the island and plunging all of its 3.4 million residents into a desperate humanitarian crisis.

Puerto Rico, officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, is an island territory of the United States, located in the northeast Caribbean Sea. It’s known for its white sand beaches, the historic city of Old San Juan, and El Yunque National Forest.

20 Jan 2018 description

Release date: January 20, 2018

Release Number: NR 101

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of last September, FEMA and Home Depot have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer during the rebuilding process.

20 Jan 2018 description

Release date: January 20, 2018

Release Number: NR 100

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico — Survivors who have been unable to return to their homes as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria can now look forward to help from voluntary agencies.

The Voluntary Agencies Leading and Organizing Repair (VALOR) program is now providing supplies and materials to support essential, temporary repairs that allow survivors to move back into their homes.

17 Jan 2018 description

by Reuters
Friday, 12 January 2018 06:00 GMT

"I cannot get the best medical help in Puerto Rico, and it has become even worse after Hurricane Maria"

By Robin Respaut and Alvin Baez

KISSIMMEE, Florida, Jan 12 (Reuters) - At Leslie Campbell's office in the central Florida city of St. Cloud, the phone will not stop ringing.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

12 Jan 2018 description
infographic NetHope

Reconnecting Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Nethope and its partners have been working on (re)-connecting several thousand first responders and affected people to the internet across Puerto Rico. This allows non-governmental organizations as well as local and federal institutions to coordinate their response and improve the quality of their work in real time.

12 Jan 2018 description

The steering committee established to spearhead the recovery process of countries hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in September of 2017, have been moving ahead in the venture, information coming out from the CARICOM Secretariat stated.

Following the successful staging of the CARICOM-UN High-Level Pledging Conference at UN Headquarters in New York on November 21, 2017, the Steering Committee has continued to meet with a renewed focus on translating pledges into concrete programmes and initiatives.

06 Jan 2018 description

Release date: January 6, 2018

Release Number: 091

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – As the people of Puerto Rico rebuild homes damaged by the flooding and hurricanes of September, FEMA and The Home Depot have teamed up to provide free information, tips and literature on how to make homes stronger and safer.

06 Jan 2018 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 31 December 2017-6 January 2018 and includes updates on hepatitis A, influenza, MERS, poliomyelitis and salomnellosis.

03 Jan 2018 description

Donation will help Habitat build capacity for its operations in local communities and assist with ongoing disaster recovery efforts

24 Dec 2017 description
report Direct Relief

As Puerto Rico celebrates the holidays and looks ahead to a new year, a fresh infusion of medicine arrived Monday – a week before Christmas and three months after Hurricane Maria made landfall.

Over 100 pallets labeled “emergency medical supplies” lined the ABF Freight warehouse in San Juan on Tuesday. Before shipments departed for clinics across the island, health providers and representatives from healthcare companies that donated the medicines and supplies gathered in the storage space.

22 Dec 2017 description

Alistair Burt thanks DFID aid workers who have been helping to get emergency support in 2017 to those that so urgently need it

Brave humanitarian workers based in Kemble, Gloucestershire, are the unsung heroes of 2017 for the role they played in Britain’s rapid responses to three major humanitarian catastrophes this year, the Minister for International Development Alistair Burt has said.

22 Dec 2017 description

The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 17-23 December 2017 and includes updates on dengue, chikungunya, influenza, Salmonella and measles.