As deadly flooding persists in Peru, Direct Relief mobilized a second shipment of more than 23,000 pounds of medicines and medical aid to the country.
Intense flooding has pounded the country since the beginning of the year. More than 80 people have been killed as a result and 110,000 have been displaced from their homes as the floodwaters have risen.
On Friday, Ambassador Liliana Tamara Cino de Silva, Consul General of Peru in Los Angeles, visited Direct Relief headquarters to view firsthand how the organization is responding to the crisis in Peru.
During Cino de Silva’s visit, forklifts whizzed through the warehouse, lifting brightly wrapped emergency aid pallets into a truck for transport. The shipments have been expedited and should arrive in Lima, Peru, by Sunday.
Direct Relief invited the ambassador to its Goleta headquarters to learn more about the response in Peru and how to assist in the future.
The shipment sent out Thursday contained critical items like antibiotics, wound care supplies, insect repellant, personal hygiene products and other requested medical goods. These items will go directly to healthcare partners helping those impacted by the floods. Thursday’s shipment will be distributed primarily to communities throughout coastal Peru that have been devastated by the flooding.
The shipment, worth $984,000, is the latest to go out in the effort to aid flood victims in the country. Earlier this month, Direct Relief sent 12,700 pounds of medical aid.
Cholera often follows natural disasters, like flooding, due to compromised water supplies and the prevalence of stagnant water. The shipment that went out Thursday includes two cholera kits, each of which contain enough medical supplies to treat 100 patients. Seventy portable water purification systems are also being sent.
Because many of Peru’s hospitals and clinics have been destroyed in the flooding, 13 medical tents are also part of the shipment, which will create a temporary space for health services to be administered. Emergency medical backpacks, which contain essential first aid items for first responders, are also included in the shipment.
Direct Relief has been providing ongoing medical aid to Peru for the past 47 years. The first emergency situation that Direct Relief responded to in Peru was the Great Peruvian Earthquake, which struck northern Peru in 1970 and was responsible for killing over 66,000 people. Since then, Direct Relief has been an active and steady player in the emergency response arena, coordinating the delivery of situation-specific aid to partner facilities and organizations throughout Peru.
Since 2009, Direct Relief has donated $42 million in medical goods to its partners to support their ongoing healthcare work.