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AmeriCares is increasing its commitment to help the people of Haiti by pledging to deliver $50 million in aid to help rebuild the country’s health care system. Several hospitals, clinics and nursing schools collapsed during the earthquake, killing dedicated health care providers and destroying critical medical equipment. Medicines and supplies were ruined in the disaster; what remained was quickly depleted by throngs of injured earthquake survivors. Help AmeriCares Save Lives in Haiti »
AmeriCares has more than tripled our initial $15 million commitment because of the tremendous health care needs and generous outpouring of support from donors, medical product manufacturers and distributors.
The earthquake destroyed an already fragile health care system. AmeriCares has been working with health care partners to fill empty shelves at hospitals, health clinics, field hospitals and mobile clinics, as well as supplying medical volunteers traveling to Haiti to treat the injured. Within two weeks of the earthquake, AmeriCares delivered $12.5 million in medicines and health care products, including anesthetics, antibiotics, pain relievers and basic medical supplies, such as gauze, sutures and syringes.
In addition to delivering medical assistance, AmeriCares will provide resources to help rebuild the country’s health care infrastructure. AmeriCares long-term commitment to Haiti builds on its expertise in post-emergency response and helping to rebuild communities impacted by natural disasters, including the 2004 Southeast Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
AmeriCares comprehensive long-term response includes:
“AmeriCares has been working around the clock to deliver medical assistance in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake,” said Curt Welling, President and CEO of AmeriCares. “Our emergency relief team was on the ground in Haiti distributing medicines, medical supplies and other humanitarian relief within days of the earthquake. We know from experience the need will not diminish in the months and years ahead. That’s why AmeriCares will be there for the long term delivering relief supplies and helping rebuild Haiti’s health care system.”
AmeriCares has been working in Haiti since 1984, delivering medicines and supplies to health care providers throughout the country. Those deep roots have enabled our emergency response team to navigate the challenging environment and overcome transportation issues in order to increase access to medicines for the Haitian people in both rural and urban areas.
To date, our medical assistance has reached over 40 hospitals and medical facilities treating the injured, and supplied over 60 volunteer medical teams traveling to Haiti.