by Beth Hodges
One month ago today, Hurricane Maria roared through the Caribbean and slammed into Puerto Rico. While media coverage is beginning to fade, the suffering for so many continues. The damage to the island has been staggering with power outages expected to continue for six months or longer. Over half the residents do not have access to clean drinking water; less than 10 percent of roads are passable.
Delivery marks $6 billion in wholesale-value medicine donated globally by Georgia-based nonprofit
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Jan. 12, 2017—MAP International is responding to the Syrian refugee crisis by delivering urgently needed medicines and emergency supplies to people who have fled to neighboring Jordan for safety. The U.N. Refugee Agency estimates more than 4 million people have fled Syria, and are desperately in need of medical assistance and care after escaping their war-torn home country.
BRUNSWICK, Ga., Oct. 12, 2016—MAP International is bracing for an outbreak of cholera, as Haitians are already experiencing food, clean water and medicine shortages. The nonprofit is dispatching an additional 20,000 pounds of medicine and supplies to provide relief for the 1.4 million people suffering from the damage left by Hurricane Matthew.
MAP International Partners to Provide Additional Relief to Liberia
Atlanta (February 2nd, 2015) – MAP International, a global Christian humanitarian relief agency based in Georgia has been working for the past 11 months to contain and stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
ATLANTA, December 5, 2014 -- As Typhoon Ruby/Hagupit bears down on the Philippines, a Georgia-based global health nonprofit is already preparing to send more than $600,000 in emergency medical supplies. MAP International (www.map.org) already has 60 “Medical Mission Packs” of essential medical supplies packed and ready to be airlifted to the Philippines from its Distribution Center in Brunswick, GA. The Typhoon is expected to hit on Saturday morning U.S. eastern time.
(Monday 1.18.10 6:30 pm) MAP honors the MLK Holiday by giving the staff the day off, but many of the employees worked today, as well as all weekend long, in order to fill medical supply requests from our partners on the ground in Haiti. We can think of no better way to honor the spirit of this holiday.
Late this afternoon, 74 pallets left MAP's Brunswick, GA Distribution Center for Haiti. 53 pallets are heading for World Vision's shipping facility in Miami and will be in Haiti within days.
On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at around 5:00pm, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 struck the southern portion of Haiti near the capital city Port-au-Prince. The earthquake caused severe destruction and damage throughout the area and is considered to be a castastrophe for Haiti.
Philippines & Vietnam - MAP is responding to the flooding in the Philippines & Vietnam with the provision of appropriate medicines and emergency medical supplies to in-country partners who are providing relief services to the affected population.
Indonesia - MAP International is responding to the earthquakes in Indonesia with the provision of essential medicines and medical supplies to treat the injured and those affected by illnesses resulting from this catastrophe.
By: Michael Nyenhuis
Little Eliane traveled 400 miles to get to the Buruli ulcer ward at Taabo hospital. Her mother had heard it was the best place for treatment. She was right.
By: Michael Nyenhuis
Here is the bottom line of MAP's "Total Health Village" strategy: Our goal is to help a community develop and implement it's own development plan.
By: Beth Haynes
A Village Watered by a River
The shy smiles of the children gathered in the village guest house were reassuring to the seven men from half a world away. Later that evening, the children's songs provided further proof that the trip was going to be full of unanticipated blessings. A mission team from Spanish River Church in Boca Raton, FL spent 10 days in early 2009 in the village of Altonodji in western Chad.
MAP aligns efforts with a global push to prevent and treat parasitic infestations
MAP International is shipping enough parasite medication to treat the 7.5 million children ages 14 and younger in the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire. The shipment, which is worth nearly $80 million in wholesale value, is the latest in MAP's ongoing effort to keep the nation's children free of roundworms, tapeworms, pinworms and other intestinal parasites.
As the number of confirmed swine flu cases continues to rise around the world, MAP International is expanding its response by rushing an emergency shipment of 100,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits to Mexico, the flu's epicenter.
The PPE kits may include respiratory devices and other specialized, protective gear designed to guard the wearer against illnesses such as swine flu. It includes surgical gowns, gloves and masks.
MAP received a call Friday, May 1 requesting the shipment.
As the swine flu spreads throughout the Americas and elsewhere in the world, MAP International is responding by offering its global distribution center and staff services to its US government partners. In addition, MAP is handling requests from its field partners in Central and Latin America who are working in cooperation with in-country ministry of health offices.
MAP International has received a $25,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation that MAP will use to train volunteers throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America to provide basic healthcare and health education for their communities.
"With a long history of commitment to healthier communities, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation share MAP's mission of enhancing the quality and availability of health care for people across the globe," said Michael J.
MAP International is airlifting additional emergency medicines to the south African country of Zimbabwe, which is still reeling from a cholera epidemic that has affected the nation since August of 2008.
MAP is sending critically-needed medicines and medical supplies to Mpilo Hospital in Zimbabwe's city of Bulawayo, where 411 cases of cholera and 14 related deaths have been reported in February alone. Mpilo is the main referral hospital in this city of 800,000 inhabitants.
She can't remember the baby's name. She can't remember exactly what day her father brought her in, complaining that her mother was sick with typhoid fever and unable to feed her. But she can remember helping the little girl.
"The father was very distressed," said Eva DeHart, who operates a medical clinic in Cap-Haitien, on the northern coast of Haiti. "He didn't know what to do."
But DeHart did. MAP International provides DeHart's clinic with enough baby formula to treat many of the infants that come into the clinic.
Serious flooding claimed 11 lives and made thousands homeless in Fiji in January 2009. MapAction volunteer Helen Wood was working temporarily in Fiji when the disaster struck. She immediately began to help with collecting field data on the flood extent. This will be used to predict future floods and so to reduce communities' vulnerabilities.
The floods were the worst to hit Fiji for decades. In addition to the direct impact on people who had to flee their homes, there was substantial damage to crops, and to infrastructure including water supplies and schools.
With Israel's troop pullout from Gaza complete and several border crossings reopened, MAP International is sending nearly $1 million in aid to the region, which has been ravaged by 22 days of the worst fighting the area has seen in decades.
Israel launched the offensive in late December to end years of rocket attacks Hamas had inflicted on southern Israel and to put an end to arms smuggling. The three-week war was the latest in a long, intermittent string of violence between Israelis and Palestinians.
As Palestinians emerge from three weeks of heavy fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, MAP International is in the process of sending emergency relief supplies to the area to help hundreds of families in the recovery effort.
The brief war, which ended with a ceasefire on Jan. 18, left more than 1,300 Gazans dead and destroyed countless homes, hospitals and medical clinics, causing nearly $2 billion in damage.