RESPONDING TO DISASTER
Project HOPE continues to respond to the urgent health needs in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria while also responding to ongoing health needs in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.
In Puerto Rico medical volunteers continue to provide mobile health clinics to the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Maria working where the need is greatest and access to care most difficult. Volunteers have treated nearly 1,200 patients since arriving on September 30. The Project HOPE Emergency Response team is also distributing 1,500 vials of donated insulin to diabetic patients and partners across the island who are in desperate need of the medication. HOPE has coordinated the delivery of 2,600 water purification kits to a local partner and is providing outreach to families with instructions on the proper usage of the kits. Since each kit can purify up to 3,000 liters of water, which is enough for a family of four up to one year, this donation could provide clean water to more than 10,000 people for a year. Project HOPE has also transported $500,000 of medicines and hygiene kits, through the use of two private aircrafts. The medicines and supplies are being used by HOPE's medical teams working in the still hard to reach interior of the island.
Aiding Victims of Irma and Harvey
Thanks to your support, Project HOPE also responded to hurricanes Harvey and Irma with medical volunteers in clinics in and around Houston and care for elderly and special needs patients displaced by Irma in Florida. In Texas, medical volunteers supported several clinics, both in areas that were severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey treating more than 3,000 patients, providing clinic services, immunizations and mental health services. Future plans include support of a mobile clinic to provide medical outreach to vulnerable populations still having difficulty accessing health care after Hurricane Harvey.
Project HOPE has been working in communities throughout the Americas since 1962, when the SS HOPE first docked in Peru. HOPE's long-term programs have ranged from the development of programs on basic health training for mothers to major infrastructure reform and humanitarian assistance in times of natural disaster.
Project HOPE programs are developed in partnership with local counterparts to meet the particular demands of the communities within local constraints and culture.
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