In Honduras, flash floods and mudslides have destroyed 80% of roads and nearly 8,500 homes. It is estimated that as many as 600,000 people have been affected. AmeriCares has sent nearly $1 million worth of aid including life-saving medicines and critical medical supplies. Our local partners on the ground are well-positioned to quickly get the aid to people most in need.
AmeriCares has been working with the Honduran Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta since 1986, and since that time has sent more than $272 million worth of emergency and ongoing aid for indigent beneficiaries.
AmeriCares responds to natural disasters in Honduras. In September 2007 Hurricane Felix made landfall on Honduras’ Mosquito Coast as a Category 5 storm, blowing 160 mph winds. AmeriCares airlifted 4,784 pounds of essential medicines, including antibiotics, valued at $1.3 million to the Order of Malta in Honduras to help attend to those affected. In other instances, AmeriCares has responded by aiding those affected by Hurricane Mitch in 1998 and Hurricane Stan in 2005.
Honduras is one of the three poorest and one of the most highly indebted countries in the Americas. More than 35% of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Roughly 80% of the population is not insured by the Secretariat of Health, the Honduran Social Security Institute or the private sector, forcing most to pay for medical attention out-of-pocket or forgo health insurance altogether.
In addition to prevalent communicable diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and STDs, there has been a significant rise in diabetes and hypertension. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cancer statistics are also rising, which correlates with the lack of access to treatment for chronic diseases.