Fuego Volcano - Guatemala

Medical Aid Bound for Those Displaced by Fuego Volcano

35 Emergency Medical Backpacks will equip healthcare providers in local shelters.

A Direct Relief shipment is staged on June 19 at the organization's California headquarters before being shipped to Guatemalan communities impacted by the Fuego Volcano. Many people are still displaced and require medical care. The shipment included Emergency Medical Backpacks as well as five rugged tents to be used as health stations for evacuees. (Cydney Justman/Direct Relief)
A Direct Relief shipment is staged on June 19 at the organization's California headquarters before being shipped to Guatemalan communities impacted by the Fuego Volcano. Many people are still displaced and require medical care. The shipment included Emergency Medical Backpacks as well as five rugged tents to be used as health stations for evacuees. (Cydney Justman/Direct Relief)

Thousands remain displaced from their homes after a deadly volcano erupted in Guatemala earlier this month, and medical supplies shipped this week will equip medical workers providing care in local shelters.

The Fuego Volcano erupted on June 3, sending a river of lava and debris plunging towards the town of San Miguel Los Lotes and other communities in southern Guatemala. More than 150 people perished, and nearly 200 are still listed as missing. Many who were displaced by the volcano are living in shelters, waiting to see whether they’ll be able to return to their homes or whether they’ll be forced to relocate.

Children play in one of the evacuee shelters set up to house those displaced by the Fuego Volcano, Emergency Medical Backpacks have been shipped so patients can be seen where they are living. (Courtesy photo)
Children play in an evacuee shelter set up to house those displaced by the Fuego Volcano. (Courtesy photo)

Providing care in these evacuee centers is a critical need, and Direct Relief shipped 35 Emergency Medical Backpacks to the Pan American Health Organization this week to help do just that.

PAHO, the World Health Organization’s regional office of the Americas, is working in coordination with the Guatemala Ministry of Health, as well as with local health officials, to distribute the backpacks.

The packs are filled with essential first aid supplies that will equip community health workers. Five rugged tents, provided by Barebones, were also shipped, and will be used to set up temporary medical outposts near shelters so people can easily get the health care they need.

In the days following the volcano’s eruption, Direct Relief also issued emergency grants to local medical groups responding to the crisis, enabling medical outreach efforts as well as the purchase of equipment and supplies to local first responders.

Firefighters put on protective heat-resistant gloves before responding to communities impacted by the Fuego Volcano. Direct Relief sent emergency grants to local groups to provide needed protective gear. (Courtesy photo)
Firefighters put on protective heat-resistant gloves before responding to communities impacted by the Fuego Volcano. Direct Relief sent emergency grants to local groups to provide needed protective gear. (Courtesy photo)

Thick-soled boots, heat-resistant gloves, safety goggles and N-95 masks were all purchased to protect these workers as they responded. Emergency funds were also used to purchase personal hygiene products and other requested items needed by those living in evacuee shelters.

Children living in an evacuee center for those displaced by the volcano receive clothing and other requested items. (Courtesy photo)
Children living in an evacuee center for those displaced by the Fuego Volcano receive clothing and other requested items. (Courtesy photo)

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