In the past several weeks, Haiti has been buffeted by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in addition to Tropical Storms Fay and Hanna. Some 850,000 people have been affected by flooding, mud slides and heavy winds. Particularly hard-hit is the city of Gonaives and the surrounding area in the north. At a time when the entire country is already struggling with food security, the storms have caused significant damage to crops and food stores.
The severe storms have displaced families, caused significant injury, and disrupted supply chains. As a result, hospitals and clinics are experiencing an increased demand for medicines and medical supplies while concurrently facing logistical challenges in keeping their pharmacy shelves stocked.
AmeriCares and its partners commit to helping doctors and nurses care for hurricane survivors by supplying an emergency stock of medicines and medical supplies to hospitals, clinics and mobile medical teams. The medical relief will include 236,158 courses of treatment for acute and chronic conditions, including antibiotics, analgesics, multivitamins, and oral rehydration solutions. In addition, the shipment will contain 2,900 syringes as well as other medical supplies and hygiene items including sutures, toothbrushes, hygiene kits, and antiseptic solutions.
AmeriCares commits to cover all financial costs associated with the airlift, which are expected to be ,000 for transportation, related logistics and the procurement of medicines and supplies that were not donated. These funds came from AmeriCares Hurricane Relief Fund, which is supported by private donors.
Americares has corrdinated the delivery of 236,158 courses of treatment of medicines for acute and chronic conditions. AmeriCares will distribute these with the Ministry of Health and its in-country partners Save the Children, the Haitian Civilian Protection Unit (DPC), and the Centres pour le Developpement et la Sante (CDS), enabling hospitals and clinics to help treat an estimated 78,000 patients over three months in areas hard-hit by flooding, mud slides and heavy winds. In addition, the airlift will bring 2,900 syringes as well as other critically-needed medical supplies and hygiene items.
AmeriCares will deploy the airlift from the Miami airport, where relief cargo was consolidated from multiple locations. AmeriCares brought in supplies from its warehouses in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Stamford, Connecticut. Some of the pharmaceutical companies will ship donated products directly from their distribution centers across the United States to Miami. AmeriCares will secure flight clearance and landing permits for a 727 aircraft.
Upon arrival in Port-au-Prince, the medical relief will be immediately dispatched to a network of MOH warehouses, from which government and NGO hospitals and clinics are able to pick up supplies. Hospitals and clinics with the greatest medical needs and in the hardest-hit areas are prioritized for the donations, including the Southeast, Northwest and Grand Anse departments. The distribution will be a collaborative effort of Save the Children-Haiti, the Haitian Civilian Protection Unit (DPC) and Ministry of Health. The distribution of hygiene kits in the Southeast region of the country is a collaborative effort between AmeriCares and Centres pour le Developpement et la Sante (CDS). AmeriCares will dispatch a team to Haiti to work with partners on distribution logistics.
- Medicines and medical supplies to be delivered to Haiti and distributed to health care providers: 236,158 courses of treatment of medicines for acute and chronic conditions in addition to medical supplies and hygiene items.
- Number of people receiving treatment: An estimated 78,000 patients for 3 months.