Dr. Alan Jamison, a HOPE volunteer of the year, is a former volunteer in Vanuatu, where Cyclone Pam recently hit in the South Pacific. In this sound-bite video, you can hear him talk about the overwhelming need in this disaster.
Disease and injuries threaten survivors in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam. This is the worst disaster since the 2013 Philippines Typhoon. Thousands are homeless. Homes, buildings, hospitals, and bridges were wiped out.
With contaminated water and lack of sanitation, survivors are at risk in crowded evacuation centers and from picking through debris. In these conditions, diseases like tetanus and cholera can break out, infecting thousands. Injuries can worsen. Minor scratches can turn into serious infections.
Project HOPE is working with our partners on the ground. This is a humanitarian crisis. The people of the impoverished nation of Vanuatu are suffering.
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