AmeriCares has deployed a BLU-MED Response Systems mobile field hospital to provide maternal and child health services in Chile in the aftermath of February’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake. The 50-bed transitional facility is located on the grounds of the Angol Hospital, one of more than 20 hospitals damaged by the earthquake.
AmeriCares has provided the field hospital, medicines, medical supplies and essential equipment to help meet maternal and child health care needs thanks to a generous donation from the GE Foundation. The establishment of this facility will help restore the community’s ability to provide health services locally. Without this vital asset, many people in the Angol region must travel over 60 kilometers to receive medical care.
The BLU-MED facility is the second mobile hospital to be established in Angol. An Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS) mobile hospital was deployed by the US Air Force in March and has since been transferred over to the Chilean medical professionals. The two facilities are located in different areas of the city, and tasked with different missions, though structurally they are very similar in design. It is expected that these facilities will provide vital health care services for an extended period of time in this region.
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