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06 Apr 2018 description

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH and Sara Rosenbaum, JD

Policy Issue Brief #50

06 Apr 2018 description

Geiger Gibson / RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative

Jessica Sharac, MSc, MPH and Sara Rosenbaum, JD

Policy Issue Brief #52

20 Mar 2018 description
report Project HOPE

Project HOPE, a global health development and relief organization, is teaming up with the Planet Water Foundation to provide clean water and hygiene education programs in Puerto Rico on World Water Day on March 22. The Planet Water Foundation’s “Project 24” will install 24 water towers simultaneously in the U.S. territory and four countries in Asia.

17 Mar 2018 description
report Direct Relief

This coming week, the world will remember how tragedy struck Puerto Rico six months ago.

Hurricane Maria churned a devastating path through the Caribbean last September. The Category 4 storm brought sustained winds of 175 miles per hour, destroying homes, mangling power lines and severing communications throughout Puerto Rico.

As images began to emerge, they revealed the destruction left in Maria’s wake, signaling the protracted recovery to come.

Immediate Response

16 Mar 2018 description

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – Six months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, power and water have been restored in most communities, millions of cubic yards of debris have been removed, hospitals and other government services are open and bridges are being replaced.

Challenges remain, but the joint efforts of FEMA’s local, federal, voluntary and private sector recovery partners continue in earnest.

The Response

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.

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.

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

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.

21 Dec 2017 description

Release date: December 20, 2017

Release Number: NR077

GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico– More than $870 million in federal funds has been provided to Puerto Rico survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

This includes money paid out in FEMA grants, U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans and National Flood Insurance Policy claims. These funds help make it possible to begin rebuilding homes and restoring communities.

Here is an update of the ongoing recovery efforts 90 days after Maria’s Sept. 20 landfall:

20 Dec 2017 description
report Direct Relief

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Direct Relief-chartered aircraft landed Monday at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan with 79,365 lbs of medical aid requested by the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the territory’s Primary Care Association, and more than twenty hospitals and clinics across the island that are still struggling with the effects of Hurricane Maria three months later.

18 Dec 2017 description
report El País

Estudios independientes elevan la cifra de defunciones vinculadas al ciclón a centenares

10 Dec 2017 description
report El País

La estadística de defunciones indica que después del paso del huracán el 20 de septiembre hasta finales de octubre la cifra diaria de fallecimientos se desbordó con respecto a 2016 y 2015

21 Nov 2017 description
report Direct Relief

Direct Relief announced on Monday a commitment of up to $5 million in cash grants to assist health facilities in Puerto Rico as they continue to address ongoing health needs following Hurricane Maria.

Today’s commitment follows more than 126 shipments of emergency medical aid, totaling $29.7 million, from Direct Relief to health centers, clinics, hospitals, and medical teams throughout Puerto Rico.

16 Nov 2017 description

Esta segunda remesa es el resultado de la colaboración conjunta entre la sociedad civil e instituciones del Estado

El gobierno de Panamá enviaron en el mes de noviembre tres contenedores con alimentos secos, pañales, útiles de aseo y agua a Puerto Rico afectado por el Huracán María.

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15 Nov 2017 description

Nearly two months have passed since Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, leaving thousands homeless and most of the island without electricity, water, communications, and basic services. International Medical Corps deployed disaster response experts to Puerto Rico in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Maria and remains there today, working with health clinics and communities to help them rebuild in the wake of this devastating storm.

While conditions have improved, some 66 percent of the island’s residents still remain without power.

11 Nov 2017 description

Release date:
November 10, 2017
Release Number: DR 4339-PR NR 052

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–While the federal government continues its historic response in Puerto Rico to hurricanes Irma and Maria, strong indicators of stability are evident.

  • Capabilities are renewed in Puerto Rico’s healthcare system and medical infrastructure: 99 percent of Puerto Rico’s hospitals are operational, 94 percent of Puerto Rico’s dialysis centers are open and treating patients, and 72 treatment clinics open. By next week all hospitals in Puerto Rico are expected to be open.

07 Nov 2017 description

Hurricane Maria caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. The category 5 storm hit the US territory of Puerto Rico on September 20th, 2017. There are 3.5 million in Puerto Rico which is equivalent to the State of Connecticut in size.

02 Nov 2017 description

Crisis overview

Tropical Storm Maria formed in the central Atlantic Ocean and is the tenth most intense on record. At its peak, the hurricane caused catastrophic damage and numerous fatalities across the north-eastern Caribbean, and is considered to be the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica. It also caused catastrophic damage in Puerto Rico.

02 Nov 2017 description
report RESET

Written by Tristan Rayner, 02-11-2017

In areas where supplies are scarce and infrastructure non-existent, could Field Ready's 3D printed solutions be the future of effective humanitarian aid?

Disaster relief is always a challenge, with humanitarian efforts hampered and people left isolated and displaced. Electricity and fresh water are scarce, while aid can take days or even weeks to arrive in disaster zones via fragmented supply chains. Infrastructure is often non-existent.