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Active Emergency Responses

Find resources and situation updates here along with information specific to medical outreach. Resources include general guidelines for humanitarian response in emergencies as well as tools with information on current emergencies. Access information provided by US and international sources, such as the CDC, NIH and WHO and learn how you can help.

Hurricane Matthew

Situation Overview

Hurricane Matthew battered Haiti’s southern coast on October 4, 2016, the worst storm to hit the country in decades, destroying entire communities with a death toll reported by many sources at near 1,000 and an estimated 1.4 million people in need of aid. At least 140,000 persons have been displaced and more than 100,000 children have not been able to return to school. As many as 800,000 people are in urgent need of food and water with 100,000 children under the age of five at risk of acute malnutrition. Among those who are facing urgent health care needs are 13,650 women who will give birth in areas affected by the hurricane in the next three months, with 15 per cent of these mothers projected to have complications that require emergency obstetric care.

In addition to storm injuries, survivors are facing overcrowded shelters and flooding, raising the risk of waterborne disease and making cholera prevention and treatment resources an immediate priority. More than 3,400 suspected cholera cases have already been reported.

Stay updated through Americares Emergency Response.

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Zika Outbreak

Situation Overview

The World Health Organization first declared an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016 because of a suspected link between the virus and microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with unusually small heads and abnormal brain development. Since that time, the association between the increase in babies born with microcephaly, other possible birth defects and the incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome has coincided with the growing number of Zika virus infections. The WHO has said women in countries where the virus is circulating should consult with their physicians before becoming pregnant because of the risk of irreversible birth defects.

Stay informed through Americares Emergency Response and additional resources related to health worker training.

Nepal Earthquake

Situation Overview

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, struck shortly before noon local time on April 25, centered about 50 miles from Kathmandu and could be felt as far away as New Delhi.

An Americares emergency response team was on the ground in Nepal within 48 hours of the April 25 earthquake, working to restore critical health services. To date, Americares has deployed emergency medical teams to treat survivors, delivered more than $21 million in urgently needed medicines and relief supplies and supported health care services in affected regions. Counseling services are also being provided to health workers in earthquake-affected areas and working with local partners to rebuild health facilities destroyed by the disaster. Americares opened an office and warehouse in Kathmandu to oversee its earthquake recovery programs through 2018.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Nepal Information Site

Ecuador Earthquake

Situation Overview

Americares is working with local health care partners and medical outreach teams in the region to deliver and distribute medicine and relief supplies for survivors. Emergency shipments of 32 tons of medicine, medical supplies and family emergency kits from Americares have arrived in Ecuador. These shipments are helping to resupply hospitals and clinics damaged by the earthquake.

In addition, the team has coordinated with Ministry of Health officials in early psychosocial support efforts to help displaced families struggling in the aftermath of the 7.8-magnitude quake that struck on Saturday April 16, killing hundreds of people, injuring more than 16,000, leaving thousands in shelters and many more sleeping outside.

Learn more through Americares Emergency Response.

Nepal Earthquake

Situation Overview

A 7.8-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal, struck shortly before noon local time on April 25, centered about 50 miles from Kathmandu and could be felt as far away as New Delhi.

An Americares emergency response team was on the ground in Nepal within 48 hours of the April 25 earthquake, working to restore critical health services. To date, Americares has deployed emergency medical teams to treat survivors, delivered more than $21 million in urgently needed medicines and relief supplies and supported health care services in affected regions. Counseling services are also being provided to health workers in earthquake-affected areas and working with local partners to rebuild health facilities destroyed by the disaster. Americares opened an office and warehouse in Kathmandu to oversee its earthquake recovery programs through 2018.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Nepal Information Site

Cyclone Pam

Situation Overview

Cyclone Pam left a path of destruction and death on the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu. The storm – the strongest to make landfall since Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in 2013 – made landfall with wind gusts up to 200 mph. Vanuatu has a population of 267,000 spread over 65 islands. About 47,000 people live in the capital Port Villa, which took a direct hit from the storm, damaging over 90% of the buildings. The Category 5 cyclone also hit the islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu as well as the Solomon Islands.

Learn more about Emergency Medical Teams Helping People of Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam.

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West Africa Ebola Virus Outbreak

Situation Overview

The World Health Organization declared the West Africa Ebola outbreak, the largest and most complex to date, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Americares has supported frontline health workers and responded with shipments of personal protective equipment to prevent health workers from contracting the virus as well as medical supplies for treating those who are infected.

Americares Ebola Response and Stories from the Front Lines


 

Resources

CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 2014 Ebola Outbreak Information Site
Provides latest Ebola virus outbreak information; signs and symptoms, transmission, risk of exposure, current and past outbreaks, information for health care workers, prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

WHO World Health Organization: Global Alert and Response Ebola Virus Disease
News and updates, technical information, assessments and situation reports.

NIH National Institutes of Health: Understanding Ebola/Marburg
Overview of diseases and vaccine, therapeutics and diagnostics research.

USAID United States Agency for International Development: Fighting Ebola
Updates and how to help; giving and volunteering.

U.S. Department of State Response to the Ebola Virus
Information on the ongoing U.S. response to the virus.

MSF Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières Ebola Information
Overview with updates about the Ebola virus outbreak.  MSF case numbers and information about impacted countries.

IFRC International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies: Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak
Key figures, latest news and appeals.

Reliefweb Ebola Outbreak
Latest news and Ebola-related datasets.