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From Japan to Joplin: 2011 Emergency Response

  • January 10, 2012

In 2011— a year that brought major disasters that affected millions around the world—AmeriCares delivered lifesaving medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid to help survivors of these and other emergencies. Our promise is simple: when people are in crisis, we deliver the help they need — whenever they need it, and wherever they are.Photo courtesy of Esam Al-Fetori / REUTERS, www. Families displaced from Sirte fleeing the fighting.Libya
February 2011 | Refugee CrisisA violent struggle to overthrow Muammar Qadhafi resulted in mass displacement within Libya and a widespread refugee crisis as hundreds of thousands fled to neighboring countries. AmeriCares responded with four shipments of medical aid to support primary care services in transit camps along the Egypt /Tunisia border, mobile medical teams working with affected populations in Western Libya, and hospitals and clinics facing dire shortages of crucial medicines and supplies.

Japan Self Defense Force soldiers and shelter staff passing water along a supply line at Yamamoto Center

March, 2011 | Earthquake and TsunamiOn March 11, a powerful 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck Japan, unleashing massive tsunami waves and causing widespread devastation.  AmeriCares relief experts were immediately dispatched, and during the next two months, we delivered multiple shipments of relief supplies, blankets, and water to help thousands of displaced families. AmeriCares established an in-country team in Sendai to oversee a long-term recovery initiative focusing on restoring health care services, reconstructing damaged facilities, and supporting mental health programs. Dell Abercrombie holds her son, Memphis, as they prepare to spend the night in a Red Cross shelter following deadly tornados in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Lee Celano, www.Alertnet.orgMissouri USA
May, 2011 | TornadoOn May 22, a massive EF-5 tornado— the single deadliest twister to strike the U.S. in more than 60 years – ripped through the city of Joplin.  AmeriCares immediately responded with deliveries of chronic care medicines, antibiotics and vaccines to responding clinics and health care providers, as well as bottled water, blankets and relief items for rescue workers and displaced families. Today, AmeriCares continues to support the restoration of health care services in the city with a series of disaster relief grants. 

Photo courtesy of International Medical Corps (IMC)

Horn of Africa
July, 2011 | Drought and FamineThe Horn of Africa is in the grip of a deadly drought and famine, resulting in mass starvation and a refugee crisis of epic proportions. In Somalia, more than half the population is in crisis, with women and children especially at risk of malnutrition, disease and chronic illness. AmeriCares launched a  large scale emergency response with medical aid shipments to support mobile medical teams and clinics in Somalia, water purification for affected communities in Kenya and Ethiopia, nutritional supplements for babies and mothers, as well as constructing and equipping a field hospital in Kenya. 

AmeriCares 2011 Pakistan Flood Relief

August, 2011 | FloodingIn the wake of massive flooding caused by severe monsoon rains, AmeriCares coordinated a targeted response to help thousands of families — many of whom are still recovering from the disastrous July, 2010 floods that left 20 million people homeless. From delivering crucial medicines and supplies, to digging wells and installing water pumps, to restoring primary health facilities, AmeriCares continues to help the people of Pakistan recover and rebuild.Donate Now