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Delivering Aid to Darfur

  • March 28, 2007

With the Darfur civil conflict now in its fourth year, the humanitarian crisis persists for the more than two million Sudanese who have been displaced from their homes.  Forced to take refuge in temporary camps where they face crowded conditions and are at increased risk of disease and illness, the beleaguered people of Darfur continue to suffer. 

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Addressing the medical needs of this complex humanitarian emergency, AmeriCares sent three airlifts to Darfur recently, carrying critically needed medicines and medical supplies to support the ongoing relief activities for those living in the camps.  The airlifts flew directly to North, South and West Darfur, and delivered a total of 28 tons of essential medicines and relief supplies.  The AmeriCares aid included antibiotics to combat respiratory and intestinal infections, malaria test kits, vitamins and other supplies.

“Pharmacies Fully-Stocked with Medicines”
These medical deliveries are now supporting health facilities and clinics throughout the region that serve more than 400,000 Sudanese who are living in relief camps or nearby villages.  AmeriCares’ partners on the ground, Save the Children and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are the local partners in these efforts.

Shortly after the deliveries, AmeriCares President and CEO Curt Welling received a note from Save the Children’s President and CEO, Charlie MacCormack.  “I have just left Mornie Camp in Darfur, where I visited pharmacies fully-stocked with life-saving medicines from AmeriCares,” he wrote.  “The children and families whose lives depend upon this support are in your debt as are we at Save the Children.  It has been very positive to see our partnership in such an important, practical solution.”

Over the past three years, despite persisting violence and prohibitive flight restrictions, AmeriCares has been able to deliver life-saving medicines and medical treatments directly into Darfur.  Since the first AmeriCares airlift in 2004, more than 110 tons of aid has been sent to Darfur. 

“As long as the crisis in Darfur remains unresolved, we must provide relief,” says Curt Welling, president and CEO of AmeriCares.  “We have made a commitment to be the primary provider of essential medicines in that region and we have the ability to deliver those medicines to a population that is truly in crisis. We will continue to support efforts there for as long as we are needed. ” 

You can help us meet the health needs of the people of Darfur by making your own contribution to support our work there.

You can help us meet the health needs of the people of Darfur by making your own contribution to support our work there