Health Issues Related to Volcanic Eruptions
Update December 22, 2009: Mount Mayon has reached volcano alert level 4 and officials in the Philippines report the eruption is imminent. AmeriCares is currently monitoring the Mount Mayon volcano situation and we are prepared to respond. Authorities have ordered the evacuation of 50,000 people in light of the imminent eruption. AmeriCares is reaching out to partners on the ground to determine their needs for disaster relief and related medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid.
STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 18, 2009 - When a massive tsunami rocked Southeast Asia on the day after Christmas in 2004, AmeriCares quickly delivered seven emergency airlifts of medical aid and relief supplies for survivors in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India.
Five years later, AmeriCares is still assisting survivors through the humanitarian aid organization's largest relief effort to date.
Dr. Monica Lockwood, an internist from Shelton, Conn., recently returned from her fourth medical mission to the Dominican Republic. Dr. Lockwood and a team of about 30 volunteers provide primary care for Haitian refugees and the poorest Dominicans living in remote villages. Here she shares her thoughts and impressions from her work in the field supported by AmeriCares Medical Outreach Program.
Once a year I travel to the Dominican Republic with other doctors from Connecticut and students from a local university to provide medical care in rural communities.
In the aftermath of deadly mudslides and devastating floods, AmeriCares sent emergency relief workers and disaster aid to help thousands of families in need. El Salvador was recently hit by flash floods and mudslides that killed nearly 200 people. MSNBC's Morning Joe special correspondents Susan and Joey Scarborough, joined AmeriCares relief efforts.
AmeriCares delivered an emergency airlift of over $275,000 worth of critical medicines to treat flood-related infections and injuries typical in flood situations such as in El Salvador.
In Guatemala, over 400,000 families are in desperate need of food due to a disastrous drought and crop failure. Guatemala's President Alvaro Colom has declared a national state of calamity due to extreme food shortages. Hardest hit are young children and pregnant women, who are vulnerable to malnutrition and need sufficient nourishment to grow and fight off disease.
"Pregnant women suffering from malnutrition not only face serious health risks, but their unborn children suffer much higher rates of birth defects," said Frank Bia, M.D. AmeriCares medical director.
In the aftermath of a string of devastating disasters in Asia and the South Pacific, AmeriCares touched the world dramatically. From earthquakes in Indonesia to typhoons in the Philippines, AmeriCares delivered aid to men, women and children struck by heartbreaking catastrophes.
Typhoon Lupit narrowly missed the Philippines, but strong winds and punishing rain bands worsened existing flood conditions. Stagnant water and flooding put thousands at further risk for waterborne diseases such as leptospirosis, which has already claimed over 150 lives in and around the capital city of …
Emergency responders in the Philippines are gearing up for the third in a series of fierce typhoons which have battered the country in recent weeks. AmeriCares is preparing more aid for the Philippines as Typhoon Lupit, a category 4 storm with gusts up to 130 miles per hour, is expected to make landfall on Thursday.
The death toll from earlier Typhoons Ketsana and Parma has climbed to over 850 people.
Following the expulsion of aid groups from Darfur, Sudan in March, a massive new influx of refugees fled for safety in neighboring Chad.
Huddled under trees for shelter against the blazing desert sun, thousands of people - mostly women and children - escaped unspeakable violence.
Families endured long searches for water and food, with little or no access to medical care.
In response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis, AmeriCares has deepened its long-standing commitment to Darfur refugees and has delivered the latest deliveries of emergency aid valued at $800,000.
Severe flooding in India has killed more than 300 people and left 250,000 homeless. This is the worst flooding to hit south central India in decades. More than 1.5 million people were forced from their homes and thousands are crowding temporary camps and makeshift emergency shelters.
An AmeriCares team in India is responding to the disaster with medicines, medical supplies and disaster aid. AmeriCares Managing Director in India, Dr.
AmeriCares Emergency Relief Expert, Puji Sutrisno, has been on the ground in Indonesia since deadly earthquakes struck Indonesia's island of Sumatra.
Sutrisno is a veteran relief worker who spearheaded a number of programs in Indonesia for AmeriCares response to the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami.
He has been in the hard hit city of Padang helping doctors and health care professionals with disaster relief and emergency medical aid.
Typhoon Ketsana barraged the Philippines this weekend, pouring more than 16 inches of rainfall in a 24-hour period. More than 140 people perished and countless others were injured in the country's worst disaster in over 40 years.
Massive flooding in and around the capital city of Manila left 150,000 homeless and has affected 450,000 men, women and children.
Deadly flooding in the West African nations of Burkina Faso and Senegal have left over 200,000 people homeless in recent days. To help survivors of the ordeal, AmeriCares is sending an emergency airlift of nearly $200,000 worth of critical medicines and medical supplies to Burkino Faso. AmeriCares is also working with local partners on the ground in Senegal to send emergency medical aid, including critical antibiotics, infection control supplies, pain and fever medicines.
Heavy rains poured down in early September, some areas received as much as 1 foot of rain in 12 hours.
Deadly flooding in the developing African nation of Burkina Faso has left over 116,000 people homeless in recent days. To help survivors of the ordeal, AmeriCares is sending an emergency airlift of nearly $200,000 worth of critical medicines and medical supplies.
Heavy rains - some areas received as much as 1 foot of rain in 12 hours - poured down on Burkina Faso in early September. To date, nine deaths have been confirmed by the government and countless others remain missing.
Medicines and medical supplies will aid flood survivors
Stamford, CT, Sept. 17, 2009 - AmeriCares is preparing an emergency airlift to aid survivors of deadly floods in Burkina Faso.
Despite a lull in the fighting, Pakistan remains in conflict with Taliban militants. Over three million innocent people fled fighting in the the Swat Valley and throughout the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) earlier this year. Thousands of displaced families still crowd tent cities, refugee camps and temporary housing in neighboring Peshawar.
Many refugees in Pakistan remain fearful and are waiting for the violence to subside completely before they go home. Others have returned only to find rubble and explosive shells where their homes once stood.
Organizations team-up to restore health in Chad
August 17, 2009 - STAMFORD, CT/LOS ANGELES, CA - AmeriCares, a nonprofit international relief organization, is delivering two shipments of medicines and medical supplies valued at over $800,000 to its partner, International Medical Corps, to help restore health and save the lives of people seeking safety from the ongoing violence in the region.
Stamford, CT. - AmeriCares, a disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization, is preparing to deliver a shipment carrying medicines and medical supplies to volunteer doctors helping survivors of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan.
Disasters and disease are facts of life in Haiti. Located in a major hurricane belt, the country is often barraged by fierce wind and rain.
Stamford, CT - AmeriCares today achieved a milestone with a shipment to Honduras bringing the total value of aid delivered in the past 12 months to $1 billion.
The shipment, which left AmeriCares Stamford warehouse this morning, includes nearly $7 million worth of medicines for patients with dangerous infections, heart problems, diabetes, respiratory problems and other ailments. The medicines and supplies will be distributed to a network of 180 hospitals and clinics across the country.
Reaching the $1 billion aid mark is an extraordinary feat given the challenging economy.
STAMFORD, CT/LOS ANGELES, CA - AmeriCares, a nonprofit international relief organization, is delivering more than $215,000 worth of urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to its partner, International Medical Corps, to help the displaced inside Pakistan.