Direct Relief International responds to medical emergency in Haiti, Hurricane Jeanne aftermath – route in from Dominican border with mobile medical van
Friday, October 1, Direct Relief sent an emergency air shipment to assist with the medical needs of those affected by Hurricane Jeanne in Haiti. The shipment, which is scheduled to be picked up at the Direct Relief warehouse in Santa Barbara, California, consists of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies including adult and pediatric analgesics and anti-infectives, and assorted first aid and surgical products. Direct Relief’s Dominican Republic-based partner MOSCTHA, which will be taking their mobile van across the Haitian border to provide medical services directly to victims of the hurricane, will receive the shipment.
Direct Relief has also recently provided 16,000 lbs. of medical goods including pharmaceuticals, nutritional drinks and supplements, and first aid medical supplies to healthcare facilities located throughout Jamaica in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Ivan. Direct Relief also provided immediate and ongoing response to areas of Haiti affected by the May floods disaster.
Friday’s shipment will be a total volume of 4 shipping pallets, with weight totaling approximately 3000 pounds.
Some of the specific types of medicines and supplies in the Haiti shipment are: IV solutions, First Aid supplies (gauze, tape, bandages, etc.), Syringes, Examination gloves, Disinfectants, Tylenol, Motrin, Tylenol for children, Tylenol for infants, Ampicillin, Lorabid (cefalosporin), approximately 80,000 tablets, Cefprozil (cefalosporin) suspension, approximately 1440 bottles, Anti-diarrhetics, Mycology anti-fungal cream, Surgical sutures, Multivitamins
Major corporate donors for the medical supplies include Johnson & Johnson, and for medicines include Bristol-Myers Squibb and King Pharmaceuticals.
***RIGHT HAND COLUMN QUICK FACTS:
Strength: Category 5 (Ivan) and Category 3 (Jeanne)
Landfall: September 2 and September 13, 2004 in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Venezuela, Grand Cayman, Cuba, US Virgin Islands and Gulf Coast, Eastern North America
Human Cost: 3,157 fatalitites
Damage: $7.3 billion (USD)
Direct Relief Response: Direct Relief shipped over 15,000 lbs. of medical relief materials to healthcare facilities and projects in Jamaica, and also sent an emergency air shipment consisting of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to Direct Relief’s Dominican Republic-based partner MOSCTHA, who took their mobile medical van across the Haitian border to assist victims.
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