First Typhoon Relief Container Ships to Philippines!
We are happy to announce that the first full cargo container of medical relief supplies for the Philippines loaded at Project C.U.R.E.’s Phoenix Distribution Center yesterday! The container is for Bethany Hospital in Tacloban City, one of the areas hardest hit by Supertyphoon Haiyan in November. Bethany Hospital was heavily damaged by the storm surge and quickly ran out of day-to-day supplies and medications because of the high patient load right after the typhoon. In addition, the pharmacy and intensive care unit were completely flooded when chest-high water filled the first floor of the facility.
A very special thank you to Halliburton, whose support was made possible through funds raised by the Halliburton Charity Golf Tournament, and the many individual donors who have sponsored this delivery of desperately-needed medical donations! A big thanks also to volunteers John Connant, Don Lyons, Vic Brown and Marie Winter who helped send this container on its way. Visit our Facebook page to see more pictures of the loading. It will arrive in the Philippines in about 45 days to help restock the shelves at Bethany and replace critical equipment that was lost to Haiyan.
USAID’s most recent report states that more than 12 million people have been affected by Haiyan, nearly 6,000 were killed and 4,000,000 have been displaced. Medical supplies are urgently needed to help combat infections and injuries caused by clean up of debris, treat patients with chronic diseases and be able to handle delivery emergencies if they occur. Project C.U.R.E. is still taking donations for container shipments to help other medical facilities rebuild throughout 2014. If you would like to give, please visit our Philippine Typhoon Relief page to make your gift.
Check back often to read about more shipments to the Philippines and other exciting news from Project C.U.R.E. in future blog posts!