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Diabetes Programs Improving Health Outcomes in Haiti

Source: AmeriCares - Wed, 14 Nov 2012 08:59 PM
Author: AmeriCares
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AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy relief teams have been working nonstop on the ground and with clinics, shelters, and partners to ease the suffering of more than 85,000 people in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our large-scale disaster response includes: 41 shipments of medicines and other supplies to hard-hit communities, including first aid, insulin, 700+ doses of vaccine, medical supplies, enough bottled water for 70,000 people, blankets, diapers for 8,000 babies, sleeping bags, flashlights, first-aid kits, personal hygiene and relief supplies to support the work of clinics and shelters serving the ill, injured, powerless and displaced —aid that will benefit more than 80,000 people. ${esc.dollar}140,000+ in grants to seven organizations. This includes grants to the World Cares Center for programs to provide emergency warmth and disaster cleanup for survivors in Staten Island and Far Rockaway, a grant and medical aid to help Breezy Point emergency services, a grant to support the elderly and disabled in the Rockaways, and flash grants to help community organizations supply needed relief items and clean-up crews to Staten Island. Deployment of a mobile medical clinic: On November 10, our clinic deployed to Rockaway, Queens, to help the Joseph P. Addabbo Health Center deliver care to families in need. From November 1-6, the clinic was stationed in three locations in Staten Island, where dozens of patients received primary care, tetanus and flu vaccines. "Sandy is the worst storm the East Coast has experienced in a generation," said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response. "In some of the most devastated areas the power is still out, and families are still living in shelters more than a week later. We will continue to work on a large-scale, long-term response to help families who are displaced, without power or lack access to health care as a result of the storm." In devastated Atlantic City, our teams delivered essential personal hygiene items and 470 course treatments of assorted medicines for survivors still displaced by the storm. We're delivering 100 special needs cots to a Long Island shelter housing more than 800 storm survivors. We continue to help shelters across the region with water, diapers, wheelchairs, and medical supplies. Learn more about our large-scale Hurricane Sandy response here.

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