Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria Relief
Flu Shots Given to 324 People: Q4 2018
January 01, 2019
Summary of Activities
From October to December 2018, RMF Puerto Rico continued distributing supplies received in previous shipments from Direct Relief, which included soap bars and body lotion, adult vitamins and supplements, children’s vitamins, pediatric OTC medicines, and prescription medicines. We received the thirteenth and fourteenth Direct Relief shipment on November 6, 2018 and began distributing these supplies in San Juan, Ciales, Vega Baja, Orocovis, Vega Alta, and Dorado. Together, the thirteenth and fourteenth shipments from Direct Relief were valued at $5,398.30.
Now fully mobilized, RMF Puerto Rico has been continually providing health outreaches throughout rural and urban areas most impacted by Hurricane Maria, focusing our efforts on inland towns where health services and support are most needed. Thanks in part to the donations received from Direct Relief, we were able to provide 890 free hygiene products, 400 skin care products, 360 adult supplements, 359 prescription medicines, 324 flu shots, 165 pediatric multivitamins, 144 pediatric OTC medications, 128 adult multivitamins, and 72 hydration solutions during October, November, and December of 2018. Many children, adults, and elderly people benefited from these outreaches.
On November 6, 2018, we received the thirteenth shipment from Direct Relief, containing adult multivitamins and mineral supplements, probiotics supplements, fiber supplements, children’s allergy medicine, and hygiene products including body lotion and soap bars. The contents of the shipment have been partially distributed at outreaches carried out in San Juan, Ciales, Vega Baja, Orocovis, Vega Alta, and Dorado. We continued to coordinate with different support organizations, such as churches and local leaders, and strategies were coordinated with the mayors of the municipalities for future events. The remaining supplies are being stored safely in our warehouse.
On November 6, 2018, we received the fourteenth shipment from Direct Relief, containing a variety of prescription medicines, including levothyroxine sodium 0.05 mg and 0.075 mg, haloperidol lactate 5 mg/1 mL, cefepime hydrochloride 2 gm, gabapentin 300 mg, cefazolin sodium 1 gm, and etodolac 300 mg. The shipment was valued at $3,783.90. These medicines were distributed to communities through outreaches in Vega Alta and Dorado. We continued to coordinate with different support organizations, such as churches and local leaders, and strategies were coordinated with the mayors of the municipalities for future events. The shipment was partially distributed, and remaining supplies are being stored safely in our warehouse to be distributed in other communities.
Supplying Health Clinic
During the month of October 2018, RMF Puerto Rico provided 78 hygiene products and 48 multivitamins:
- 39 hygiene products and 24 multivitamins at Health Clinic in Comerío, October 25, 2018.
- 39 hygiene products and 24 multivitamins at Health Clinic in Comerío, October 27, 2018.
These outreaches were made possible by RMF team member Dr. Emilio Rivera and volunteer Registered Nurse Joel.
Supplies and Flu Shots
During the month of November 2018, RMF Puerto Rico attended a VOCES of Puerto Rico event at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan and provided 144 hygiene products, 80 multivitamins, 21 pediatric vitamins, and 324 flu shots:
- 144 hygiene products, 80 multivitamins, and 21 children’s vitamins the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, November 10 and 11, 2018.
- 324 flu shots, November 10, 2018.
5 Successful Outreaches
During the month of December 2018, RMF Puerto Rico provided 668 free hygiene products, 144 pediatric OTC medications, 144 pediatric multivitamins, 360 adult supplements, 72 hydration solutions, 400 skin care products, and 359 prescription medications:
- 120 hygiene products at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, December 2, 2018.
- 500 hygiene products and 400 skin care products at Ciales PryMed Health Clinic, December 5, 2018.
- 48 hygiene products, 240 adult supplements, and 72 hydration solutions in Alto de Cuba in Vega Baja, December 17, 2018.
- 144 pediatric OTC medicines, 144 pediatric multivitamins, and 120 adult supplements in Cacao community in Orocovis, December 22, 2018.
- 359 prescription medications for Salvador Ribot Ruiz Polyclinic in Carolina, December 27, 2018.
On September 20, 2017, Category 4 Hurricane Maria hit the US territory of Puerto Rico. The winds, 155 miles per hour at landfall, completely wiped out the island’s power grid and phone towers. A flash flood emergency was declared in central Puerto Rico, and the island experienced record flooding.
Prior to the hurricane, Puerto Rico’s infrastructure was weak, and the storm left the small island crippled. Across the island, cities reported collapsed bridges and severe damage to roadways. On October 2, almost two weeks after the storm, 55% of people were still without access to drinking water, only 1 of 69 hospitals was fully operational, and 80% of the island’s crops had been destroyed. The full extent of the damage is still unclear, as most telephone and internet lines are still down. The damage has left many rural areas isolated, without access to communication or desperately needed supplies: food, water, shelter, and medical supplies.
- To provide primary health care and essential supplies to unreached, hurricane-affected communities
- To form local partnerships and empower local health professionals, ensuring effective service provision to communities most in need
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ADULT, CHILDREN AND ELDERLY BENEFICIARIES
- 890 free hygiene products
- 400 skin care products
- 360 adult supplements
- 359 prescription medicines
- 324 flu shots
- 165 pediatric multivitamins
- 144 pediatric OTC medications
- 128 adult multivitamins
- 72 hydration solutions