Over $110,000 worth of worth of emergency medical supplies including stretchers, syringes, gloves, wheelchairs, and surgical instruments desperately needed by doctors, nurses, and aid workers are on their way to Peru! Our first shipment for flooding relief went out June 5th.
MedShare senior leadership continues to work with the Consulate General of Peru in Atlanta as well as the Ministry of Health in Lima to ensure that efficient and effective aid is delivered.
Our Peru Disaster Relief Volunteer Day was May 11th. Volunteers from Liberty Mutual, Novartis, and Robert Half dedicated their time across the country to send medical supplies to the people of Peru!
Want to plan your own Peru volunteer session? Visit our volunteer page and get in touch with your local region to set up a special session!
A message from CEO and President, Charles Redding:
MedShare has decided to initiate our Disaster Relief Protocol to provide aid to the countless individuals impacted by the continuing floods in Peru. We had a meeting with the Consulate General of Peru in Atlanta last week, where he provided an update on the situation, a priority needs list and a plea for help! In fact, one of our own staff members, Amanda Paniagua, has family in Peru and has heard first-hand the need for help. The situation truly is horrifying!
Starting in January of this year, the country of Peru has been dealing with an unprecedented natural disaster. Due to this year’s El Niño phenomenon, the water off coastal Peru warmed, and this warming trend has led to near continuous rainfall. The increase in rainfall has led to severe flooding in rural communities and urban areas in 24 of the country’s 25 regions.
Nearly 1.1 million people have been affected, through loss of housing, displacement, food and water insecurity, and through increased health risk. Across the country approximately 339,614 of those affected are women and 358,602 are children and adolescents. Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, businesses shuttered, and 80% of small farmers negatively impacted by the flooding.
Here’s what we’re doing right now:
We are preparing an initial container of supplies including bandages, needles, crutches, antiseptics, and other emergency response materials to ship to the Minister of Health in Lima.
We will allow all Medical Mission Teams destined to the impacted region to carry up to 100 lbs. of free medical supplies.
UPS has team members on the ground and will work with us to provide aid.
We are working with our product partners to collect donations and raise funds to maximize our impact.
We are gearing up to have “Peru Disaster Relief” sort session across all three locations and reaching out to the Peruvian Local Communities for support.
Here’s what you can do:
Volunteer to sort and box supplies to be sent to Peru
Starting in January, 2017 the country of Peru has been dealing with an unprecedented natural disaster. Due to this year’s El Niño phenomenon, the water off coastal Peru warmed, and this warming trend has led to near continuous rainfall. The increase in rainfall has led to severe flooding in rural communities and urban areas in 24 of the country’s 25 regions.
Nearly 1.1 million people have been affected, through loss of housing, displacement, food and water insecurity, and through increased health risk.
Tens of thousands of homes have been destroyed, businesses shuttered, and 80% of small farmers negatively impacted by the flooding.
While the entire country has been impacted by the rainfall and flooding, certain areas have been hardest hit. Piura, along the northern coast of the country, is the most severely affected region, with access to water and sanitation systems, and the promotion of positive hygiene habits of priority concern in order to halt the spread of disease. The following map shows the regions of northern, coastal Peru most affected by continued rainfall and flooding. Most of these regions have challenges with water, sanitation, health and humanitarian logistics.
The Government of Peru has been leading an international response to the ongoing crisis. They’ve involved the military to support coordination and humanitarian logistics, and as of March 31st, more than 1,900 metric tons of humanitarian goods have been delivered. International support has come from several inter-governmental agencies as well as from the USAID. However, there has not been a groundswell of activity from US-based NGOs to intervene and provide support.
The United Nations (UN) is providing complementary support to government relief efforts. On 21 March, a Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) was deployed to support coordinating actions of the National Humanitarian Network (NHN) partners, as well as assessing humanitarian needs in the most affected areas.
UNICEF continues to lead the three inter-sectoral groups of WASH, Protection and Education.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) issued an appeal for $3.9 million to support 10,000 families for 12 months.
The U.S. military is providing logistics support for the relief efforts. In coordination with USAID, U.S. Southern Command provided two C-130 aircraft to facilitate the transportation of humanitarian cargo and personnel to hard-to- reach areas.
What Can We Do?
The government of Peru has initiated a campaigned called Una Sola Fuerza (“A Single Force”) to solicit support for recovery and rebuilding. MedShare is working with the Peruvian Consulate of Atlanta and the Peruvian Ministry of Health to determine the supplies needed in the affected areas. But we need your help to deliver these supplies!