Hurricane Dorian: Voices from the Field

Emergency response staff distribute medicines to heroic health providers working overtime to treat patients in the Bahamas.


Hurricane Dorian

Medical aid arrives at Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in the days after Hurricane Dorian. (Andrew MacCalla/Direct Relief)

After a sweeping disaster like Hurricane Dorian, it takes a few days to get a clear picture of the storm’s damage. That picture came into stunning focus this week as images emerged of islands that suffered almost complete devastation. Direct Relief staff have been traveling between these islands this week, by sea plane, helicopter and boat, delivering essential medical aid to local health facilities, where staff are working heroically to treat patients.

One of those places was Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, which received medicines Friday. The hospital is the only place open to the public on Grand Bahama, and staff have been working to care for patients, even though many of the workers have lost homes themselves.

A 20-bed clinic on Abaco Island also received medicines Friday, and a medical team from Miami also flew in via helicopter to Green Turtle Cay, equipped with Direct Relief medicines to provide care to patients trapped there.

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