When disaster strikes, we commit right away because lives are at stake. Our Emergency Response Partners provide a foundation for our response capability. And you, as members of our donor community, give us the resources to respond and remain whenever, wherever we are needed. Don’t wait for the next disaster, donate now and save lives!
Many of our responders are in the field in advance of storms or other disasters listening to and coordinating with government and health sector partners, assessing the preparedness of local health centers, and pre-positioning medicine and supplies. Quick support helps local health centers keep their doors open and treat patients – not only providing medical care to existing patients but expand as needed to support patients from surrounding communities.
Making early contact with our strong network of local health partners, we can assess damages, identify and meet immediate health needs more quickly and effectively. Our partnership-based model enables us to build local capacity while maintaining a light footprint. It’s important for our work to reinforce the established health system rather than creating a parallel system where survivors become dependent on unsustainable services.
Early intervention means a rapid damage assessment and immediate adaptation to changing circumstances and needs on the ground. Every disaster unfolds differently and real time information from partners on the ground can ensure that the right resources reach the right people at the right time. Delays can put lives at risk.
We meet urgent health needs of survivors in shelters and those cut off from care, often in remote areas. Getting medicine and supplies and immediate care to the most vulnerable survivors saves lives. In Puerto Rico, Florida, Haiti and so many other communities devastated by storms and other disasters, our work serves those most in need of health care.
In a disaster, we use several approaches to provide access to health care where and when it is needed. One approach utilizes a mobile medical clinic. Americares has been certified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an Emergency Medical Team Type 1 – Mobile provider. Mobile status denotes the organization’s ability to provide primary care services, stabilize patients with acute trauma injuries and refer patients for specialized care, with the flexibility to work across a wide range of locations. Watch the video for a guided tour of one of our mobile medical clinics.
Access to Care
“Americares provides a benefit to the community under regular circumstances but having that relationship with an organization that is an expert in disaster response and is able to provide boots on the ground is of tremendous value. I don’t think you can put a dollar amount on that.”
Heidi W. Bunyan, COO of San Jose Clinic, Houston TX