BENEFITING: ADVOCATES FOR WORLD HEALTH
EVENT DATE: Sep 01, 2016
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador on April 16th with the epicenter located in the Manabi province of the Ecuadorian coastline. Many cities and villages have been devastated and there is a need for medical supplies and equipment at this time that cannot be purchased in country. Following last month’s earthquake, the death toll had quickly risen to over 650, and more than 16,600 have been injured, and an additional 26,000 are in shelters. Thousands of others are directly affected, having lost their homes and sources of income. Medical missions are taking place, with a critical need for medical supplies and items to improve the living conditions of those affected.
USF Health has a long-standing relationship with Ecuador, particularly through its Center for Global Health & with Universidad San Francisco de Quito where our faculty and students collaborate with Ecuadorian researchers on important infectious diseases studies and through public health education campaigns in remote areas of Ecuador. For example, findings from our dengue and chikungunya studies have translated into a greater understanding of the Zika virus.
The Ecuador Earthquake Relief efforts are being lead by students at the University of South Florida, presented in tandem with local community health NGOs (non-governmental organization) in Ecuador, the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and Advocates for World Health. We would like to show our support during their time of need!
Dr. Michelle Grunauer, Dean for the College of Medicine at the Universidad San Fransisco de Quito and her field team are overseeing the receiving of supplies to ensure that the donations will be used where they are most needed, furthermore she will be on the ground in Ecuador to unload the shipping container once it has arrived at the port. She has provided us with a list of medical supplies that are needed most at this time and in the coming months. The supplies will be distributed to the community by her team of volunteers and students on the ground. In addition to a lack of medical supplies, Dr. Grunauer has informed us that Ecuador is facing a long-term public health crisis post earthquake.
USF International student from Ecuador, Danna Delgado Lazo, is currently on the ground assisting with the relief efforts. She has emphasized that “there are thousands of people without homes, sleeping outdoors, who need primary medical care, including many vulnerable infants, mothers and the elderly.” Any donations we receive will be used to acquire medical supplies which we are working diligently with Advocate for World Health in collecting the items requested by the Ecuador Ministry of Health and our USF Health sister-school, Universidad San Francisco de Quito.
- Cost of Medical Supplies, packaging & shipping arrangements ($7,500)
- Cost of Shipping Expenses ($3,000)
- Port taxes and customs ($1,000)
We pledge that 100% of the donations we receive through this campaign are being directly collected by Advocates for World Health (AWH) to handle all costs associated with collecting the donations and the shipping of items. Every donation counts. We very much appreciate your support to the victims of this disaster, and to the Ecuadorian people as a whole.
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