Natural disasters, poverty, disease, and civil war impact millions around the world. In an emergency, Americares provides quality medical aid, disaster relief and recovery.
In FY 2020, Americares initiated total responses (26 new) to natural disasters, man-made crises and disease outbreaks reaching 29 countries, including 12 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. The past year and more have highlighted the increasing frequency and severity of overlapping crises – driven by climate threats and the COVID-19 pandemic. This trend has had a devastating impact on health, particularly among vulnerable groups, as communities have struggled to rebuild from concurrent and consecutive events.
We have responded to a season of record-breaking hurricane and wildfires. The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season set a record with 30 named storms, including six major hurricanes reaching Category 3 status or higher — 12 of the 17 hurricanes made landfall in the continental USA. In addition, the U.S. experienced a record number of wildfires; more than 50,000 wildfires burned 8.8 million acres, consuming more than 2 million acres beyond the 10-year average and nearly double the wildfires in 2019. Our responses have also included support for other natural disasters, man-made disasters and an Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. Scroll down to find out more about the places and people that have confronted crisis – past and present.
Americares has set up clinics in towns near the Colombia border or where Venezuelans have settled to meet the critical primary health care needs of migrants fleeing the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
As Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico, Dominica and other Caribbean islands, Americares emergency experts responded immediately to this…