Emergencies

Hurricane Dorian Relief

The Bahamas

  • Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas with Category 5 winds, causing loss of life, mass displacement, and extensive damage in many areas.
  • Direct Relief quickly mobilized shipments of medical aid for emergency medical teams providing care in isolated areas, as well as hospitals and clinics working to treat evacuees.
  • In addition to delivering requested medical aid in the storm's aftermath, Direct Relief is committed to strengthening the country's health system as recovery continues.

In Focus

Responding to Dorian-Impacted Communities

Direct Relief continues to respond to Hurricane Dorian’s sweeping impacts in the Bahamas.

Through formal agreements with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Pan American Health Organization, and dozens of NGO and government entities, including in the Bahamas, Direct Relief has been able to deploy emergency resources rapidly.

Direct Relief has provided more than 80 tons of medical aid to the Bahama’s Ministry of Health since Hurricane Dorian made landfall. This medical aid was distributed to local clinics, shelters and hospitals, including the main hospitals in Marsh Harbor and Freeport. This support includes cold chain shipments, containing vaccines, insulin and other temperature-sensitive medications. Direct Relief also expanded cold storage capacity by donating FDA-compliant refrigerators and freezers so vaccines and other cold chain items could be properly stored.

Staff at Rand Memorial Hospital receive medicines on Sept. 7, 2019, in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Staff of the 86-bed hospital have been working overtime to treat patients impacted by Hurricane Dorian. (Andrew MacCalla/Direct Relief)
Staff at Rand Memorial Hospital receive medicines on Sept. 7, 2019, in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Staff of the 86-bed hospital have been working overtime to treat patients impacted by Hurricane Dorian. (Andrew MacCalla/Direct Relief)

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, Direct Relief supported Emergency Medical Teams with medical backpacks and Emergency Health Kits to treat patients needing care in places like the Abacos Islands. The organization also equipped four ambulances donated by Global Medical Response after MOH ambulances were damaged by the hurricane.

In addition to providing medical supplies, Direct Relief is also working with the Ministry of Health to support impacted medical facilities, including replacing damaged equipment at Rand Hospital in Freeport, and providing a fully equipped modular operating room for the hospital while permanent facilities are restored. To support the expansion of care for evacuees, Direct Relief also funded 76 hospital beds and 10 birthing beds for the country’s primary public health facility, Princess Margaret Hospital.

Now that the country has transitioned from immediate response to long-term recovery, Direct Relief is committed to strengthening the country’s health system and will continue responding as needed.