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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.

30 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, October 27, 2017 —  Direct Relief today airlifted 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to Puerto Rico, where medical shortages persist more than a month after Hurricane Maria devastated the island.  

26 Oct 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

BACKGROUND:

During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:

26 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

MIAMI, October 25, 2017 — Direct Relief is preparing to airlift 152,604 lbs. of urgently needed medical resources to the Department of Health, hospitals, and community health centers in Puerto Rico, where severe medical shortages persist one month after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

20 Oct 2017 description
report MAP International

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.

17 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

By Lara Cooper

Direct Relief shipments of critical medicines reached several communities in Puerto Rico Sunday, places where access has been a challenge.

Helicopters provided an infusion of help to the community of Utuado, as well as to the island of Vieques. The shipments sent out Sunday amounted to more than $120,000 in donated medicines and supplies.

16 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

What was once a neighborhood with a small stream running through it is now a fetid lake that has swamped homes and presents a major health concern for residents.

On Friday, trash floated through the murky green waters that have filled up homes in the Parcelas Selgas neighborhood of Florida, Puerto Rico, a municipality with the same name as the U.S. state and which sits two hours west of San Juan on the island’s north coast.

13 Oct 2017 description

by Martha Holley Newsome | Sep 27, 2017

The past month has unleashed what seems to be a startling increase in natural and manmade disasters – hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, and violence. Bringing healing to people in crisis is core to who we are as an organization. It compels us to act, and to prayerfully consider where Medical Teams can help most – where the health needs are greatest, where we can gain access to those in need, and where we have the resources to respond.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

11 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

A parking lot in San Juan turned into a staging area Tuesday morning as about 10 doctors, nurses and administrators gathered between rows of parked cars glistening in the Puerto Rico heat.

Some showed up in scrubs, some in jeans. All were ready to work with patients.

Leading the charge was Dr. Carla Rossotti, a primary care doctor who has been leading medical teams into communities that have had little to no medical care since Hurricane Maria made landfall almost three weeks ago.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

By Andrew Schroeder

After the winds and rains of Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico, the island was left in darkness. Electrical power generation was cut for 100 percent of households, cell phone towers went offline, and the airport and other ports closed operations, pending damage and safety reviews. In the days that followed, many municipalities, particularly in the interior, were entirely out of contact.

How severely were they affected? Had the flood waters receded? Were structures still intact?

09 Oct 2017 description
report Samaritan's Purse

BACKGROUND:

During the week of September 5-September 9, category 5 Hurricane Irma caused destruction on multiple Caribbean islands. St. Martin/St. Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda, and Turks and Caicos experienced heavy wind and rain damage. After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria moved through the Caribbean causing damage to islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico. St. Martin/St. Maarten, and Antigua and Barbuda experienced less damage from Hurricane Maria due to the storm’s southward position.

HOW SAMARITAN’S PURSE IS RESPONDING:

06 Oct 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.

05 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

On Wednesday, Direct Relief delivered a critical shipment of nearly 16,000 doses of insulin to public health agencies in Puerto Rico. The medicine is now being distributed to health clinics and hospitals treating patients with diabetes across the island.

Puerto Rico has the highest rate of diabetes in the U.S. with 15.3 percent of the population being diagnosed with the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

04 Oct 2017 description

BACKGROUND

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are working with federal, state and local agencies as well as global health partners in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

This document summarizes cleared key messages about Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria and the response by CDC and its partners. It will be updated as new information becomes available and will be distributed regularly. Please share this document with others as appropriate.

03 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

The devastating hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean last month called for a significant humanitarian response, and Direct Relief has been working to equip local healthcare providers with key medicines and medical supplies since they first made landfall.

02 Oct 2017 description
report Direct Relief

Direct Relief today committed an initial $250,000 in cash for community health centers in Puerto Rico to aid recovery efforts in Hurricane Maria’s aftermath. Direct Relief also committed $50,000 to support the work of La Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico’s primary care association, which represents the 20 member nonprofit corporations that operate 62 clinical sites in 53 municipalities and care for nearly 350,000 patients annually.