COMMITMENT TO ACTION
Elder Relief: Supplies for Puerto Rico's Most Vulnerable
Commitment by Afya Foundation
In 2018, Afya Foundation committed to address the urgent medical needs of elders in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The hurricane has compromised access to care for those in rural areas, particularly the sick and elderly. To address this issue, Afya Foundation will partner with Puerto Rican social agency Acción Social to develop a long-term program to support elders on the island. After conducting needs assessments, Afya will ship three 40-foot containers of needed medical supplies and equipment to Puerto Rico to support Acción Social's 22 Elder Care centers, which serve patients across 76 municipalities. Additional supplies will be kept in five storage hubs throughout the island to allow Acción Social's care workers to replenish their supplies moving forward. Additionally, Afya will provide training and capacity building to Acción Social's staff to strengthen their existing elder care work. This commitment will positively impact the care and quality of life of 1,200 elders on the island.