COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Direct Relief Airlifts 40 Tons of Emergency Medical Aid to Puerto Rico
Commitment by Direct Relief International
In 2017, Direct Relief committed to address the urgent need for medical resources in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Direct Relief will send 40 tons of medical aid directly to its network of local health partners, including the Puerto Rico Department of Health, the Asociación de Salud Primaria de Puerto Rico (ASPPR) and its 21 community health center members, six hospitals, and VOCES, a vaccine coalition. With Direct Relief, the ASPPR will distribute additional supplies from the shipment to its 21 community health center members, which collectively administer 62 clinical sites in 53 municipalities across the island. The shipment includes prescription medications, IV fluids, personal care items, nutritional supplements, and solar lights. As a result of this commitment, more than 75 clinical sites will have increased capacity to receive and treat patients for acute conditions, as well as for chronic diseases that can rapidly become medical emergencies in post-disaster scenarios.