STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford-based AmeriCares sent $2.2 million worth of medical aid to the Phillippines for the survivors of typhoon Haiyan on Friday, Dec. 6.
Headed to health care facilities throughout the affected area, the shipment includes supplies, antibiotics, nutritional supplements and medications for patients with cardiovascular disease, diabetes and severe arthritis.
“Health care facilities throughout the region are running critically low on essential medicines needed to treat disaster survivors,” said Garrett Ingoglia, AmeriCares vice president of emergency response, in a statement.
“With this shipment, we are helping patients with chronic health problems access their medications, as well as ensuring that medical professionals can treat disaster-related illnesses," he added.
AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, has been delivering aid to the Philippines since 1985 and supports an established network of 150 health care facilities across the country, allowing it to quickly speed relief to disaster survivors.
To date, the Connecticut chapter has sent more than $5 million in medical aid and relief supplies for the Nov. 8 typhoon.
To donate to the AmeriCares Philippines Disaster Relief Fund, click here or call 1(800) 486-HELP.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States.
Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries. For more information visit its website.