The 155 MPH winds from Hurricane Maria caused wide-spread damage to much of the island’s utilities, infrastructure and homes. In San Lorenzo, the two-story COSSMA non-profit health center was destroyed and rendered unusable when sections of the roof were blown away. The clinic provides medical services to approximately 5,000 patients a year.
Category Archives: Disaster Response
Photo courtesy of Misiona Simo. On the heels of declaring a measles epidemic in mid-October, Dr. Take Naseri, the Director-General of Health for Samoa’s Ministry of Health, officially declared a state of emergency for the measles outbreak on Friday, November 15. The outbreak has so far claimed the lives of 76 individuals, more than…Read more
When man-made or natural disasters require an immediate emergency response, deployable medical facilities allow hospitals, first responders, governments, and relief organizations to quickly respond with medical facilities capable of providing basic to advanced-level care …when and where needed™. Whether it is part of a state-level emergency preparedness plan, hospitals establishing an alternate emergency operation center…Read more
In partnership with FedEx, a team from the nonprofit International Medical Corps setup a BLU-MED mobile field hospital in downtown Los Angeles to respond to a simulated cholera outbreak following a crisis or natural disaster. The complete 9,000 square foot mobile hospital consists of 12-modules and is fully equipped with medical equipment and supplies, power…Read more
An unexpectedly deadly strain of influenza has been menacing the nation this winter season, causing infectious disease specialists and hospitals to quickly respond to a surge of patients. Based on last week’s data, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, the influenza-like illness (ILI) has reached near flu epidemic proportions, with…Read more