Donations to Americares ongoing health programs on #GivingTuesday, Dec. 3 will be matched eight times over until 11:59 p.m., the organization announced. — an announcement from Americares
The matching grant will be available that day for gifts of up to $10,000, the organization said in an announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 26. That means a gift of $20 would result in another $160 given to the organization.
Americares is delivering 50 tons of critical medicine and medical supplies to help children and families in war-torn Syria. One shipment has already arrived and two more shipments containing intravenous fluids, oral rehydration solutions, and other lifesaving items, are in transit. UPDATE, 8:34 a.m., Wednesday: Americares says that on “Giving Tuesday,” Dec. 3, “Gifts up to $10,000 will be matched 8X until 11:59 p.m.” That means that, for example, a $20 donation would result in the organization getting another $160.
Americares is opening six more health clinics in Colombia to meet the increasing demand for primary care services and access to medicines for families fleeing the unprecedented humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. — an announcement from Americares
The new clinics bring Americares total number of primary care sites in Colombia to 10 in an effort to alleviate the strain on the Colombian health system. Clinicians are expected to provide more than 200,000 consultations over the next year. Operated in coordination with the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection and with the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development and other donors, the Americares clinics will provide comprehensive primary care for Venezuelan children and adults six days a week through August 2020. Patients receive medical exams, mental health services and medication at no cost.
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta was honored for his dedication to humanitarian causes at the Americares Airlift Benefit on Oct. 5 in Stamford. — an announcement from Americares
Dr. Gupta reflected on his years of reporting from the front lines of disasters and health crises around the world saying he is always in awe to see neighbors, who despite their own difficult situation, help others. “I’ve seen people in really terrible situations and utter despair who are just good people. People just rise up, people just fundamentally take care of each other,” Dr. Gupta said in his acceptance speech.
Americares has deployed an emergency medical team to the Bahamas to meet the immediate health needs of families left homeless by Hurricane Dorian. Starting Wednesday, the team has been providing essential primary care services and lifesaving medicines, in a Nassau, Bahamas evacuation shelter housing more than 400 children and adults. The evacuees include families from the most devastated areas, including the Abaco and Grand Bahama islands. “With health centers damaged or destroyed there is an urgent need to treat survivors with injuries and serious health conditions,” Americares Emergency Response Team Leader Sambhavi Cheemalapati said from Nassau. “We are seeing the biggest demand in evacuation shelters filled with the most vulnerable survivors.
Americares Free Clinics and Walgreens are offering free flu shots to qualifying patients in October to help keep uninsured adults healthy this flu season. — an announcement from Americares Free Clinics
Now in its fifth year, the collaboration annually vaccinates nearly 1,000 Fairfield County residents who cannot afford a flu shot. “By providing free flu shots to qualifying patients, we can help prevent the spread of influenza in vulnerable communities,” said Terri McCartney, Americares Free Clinics director of volunteer services and community outreach. “Together with Walgreens, we are helping more Connecticut residents stay healthy this flu season.”
The flu shots will be available to eligible residents age 18 and over during walk-in clinics scheduled throughout October at the Americares Free Clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford. Immunizations will be administered by Walgreens pharmacists, and offered on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
An Americares emergency response team is arriving in the Bahamas today to assist the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. The storm slammed into Grand Bahama Island on Sunday afternoon as a Category 5 hurricane, flattening entire communities, destroying roads and leaving portions of the island nation under water. — an announcement from Americares
“Thousands of families have been displaced and are in need of immediate assistance,” said Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino. “We have an emergency team in country and medical aid and relief supplies ready to ship. Americares is focused on meeting survivors’ most urgent health needs.”
Americares emergency response experts will be actively assessing health needs in the Bahamas, preparing emergency shipments of medicine and relief supplies and coordinating with national and local organizations responding to the crisis.
Americares is deploying an emergency response team to Florida and readying shipments of relief supplies as Hurricane Dorian intensifies. The storm is expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast early next week as a major hurricane, bringing torrential rains and wind speeds up to 130 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. — an announcement from Americares
“Hurricane Dorian has the potential to cause significant damage and millions of people are in its path,” said Americares Director of Emergency Response Brian Scheel. “Our relief workers are ready to help address the most pressing health needs of families affected by the storm.”
Hurricane Dorian strengthened Wednesday night as it passed Puerto Rico, producing heavy rainfall in Vieques and Culebra — two islands hard hit by Hurricane Maria. Forecasters warned of an increased risk of dangerous storm surge and higher winds as the storm heads toward Florida’s east coast.
Americares is delivering more than 20 tons of medical supplies for health workers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo battling the second largest Ebola outbreak on record. — an announcement from Americares
On Wednesday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, citing the geographical spread of the virus. Though quickly identified and isolated, the emergence of the virus earlier this week in Goma, a major city and transit hub, heightened concerns about the spread of the deadly disease. The number of confirmed Ebola cases in the Congo is now over 2,500 and continues to climb. To date over 1,600 people have died and more than 130 health workers have been infected, according to the Ministry of Public Health.
With Tropical Storm Barry building strength as it heads toward the Gulf Coast—and up to 20 inches of rain forecast for parts of Louisiana and Mississippi—Americares emergency response experts are readying for what could be the first U.S. hurricane of the season. — an announcement from Americares. Editor’s note: Friday morning weather forecasts say the storm may hit the area around New Orleans late Friday or on Saturday, when it could become a hurricane. Responding to Barry
Americares emergency teams are on stand-by, ready to ship medicines and relief supplies and deploy to hard-hit areas, if needed. Americares relief workers have contacted more than 20 partner clinics in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas in the path of the storm, with offers of assistance.
As Puerto Rico heads into hurricane season, thousands of health workers and first responders across the island are better prepared to cope with stress and trauma caused by major storms.
— an announcement from Americares
Americares, a health-focused relief and development organization, teaches coping skills and psychological first aid through its Hurricane Maria Recovery Program. More than 6,000 health workers and first responders throughout the island have participated in group training sessions to date. “Health workers and first responders are on the front lines of emergencies and often put the needs of patients and their communities before their own,” said Dr. Brenda Rivera-García, Puerto Rico director for Americares. “They suffer from job burnout, depression and anxiety that affects both their work and personal lives,” she said. We teach self-care strategies that build resilience and better prepare them for the next storm.”
Americares made a commitment to expand access to mental health and psychosocial services for health workers and first responders on the front lines of the recovery in Puerto Rico at the Clinton Global Initiative Action Network on Post-Disaster Recovery in April 2018.
Americares India is preparing to deliver medicine and relief supplies to assist survivors of India’s worst cyclone in decades. Cyclone Fani made landfall in Odisha Friday morning local time with wind gusts over 120 mph — the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane. More than 1 million people evacuated India’s east coast as the storm approached, taking refuge from the heavy rains and punishing winds in more than 800 emergency shelters. — an announcement from Americares
Americares is planning to deliver medicine and relief supplies to Odisha this weekend, including tarps, water cans and water purification tablets for up to 3,000 families. Americares India, based in Mumbai, also has medical teams on stand-by, ready to provide primary care services and treatment for minor injuries.
More than 50 volunteers from UConn’s Fairfield County Alumni Network recently assembled 1,000 emergency kits for disaster survivors at Americares headquarters. The event last Tuesday, April 10 was organized in celebration of National Volunteer Week and UConn Cares, a month-long initiative encouraging alumni to celebrate their Husky pride and volunteer within their local communities. — an announcement from Americares
The kits contain essential hygiene items, including soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Americares pre-positions the kits in its Stamford warehouse for distribution to families worldwide displaced by tornadoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding and other emergencies. “National Volunteer Week is a great opportunity to involve the community in the hands-on work that we do,” said Americares Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Christine Squires.
Demand for health services is surging at Americares emergency medical clinics in Colombia as Venezuelans stream across the border in search of food, employment and medical care. This week the clinics reached a milestone, surpassing 50,000 patient consultations since opening last summer. — an announcement from Americares
Americares medical teams are treating nearly 2,000 patients a week at emergency clinics in Arauca, Atlántico, La Guajira and Norte de Santander. The health-focused relief and development organization plans to move one of its four clinics to a larger location and is seeking funding to open additional clinics in the coming months to meet the increasing demand for primary care. “We opened our doors and the patients just kept coming,” said Americares Colombia Country Director Walter James.