International Medical Corps is mobilizing resources to launch a response in the wake of the storm. Assessments are underway across the island, but conditions remain dangerous due to debris, flooding and the threat of additional landslides. The governor has requested that people remain at home. Hospital partners are operational, but rainwater and flooding have significantly damaged equipment. In addition, COVID-19 remains a significant concern, with positivity rates hovering near 20%.
International Medical Corps is supporting recovery efforts across the island, focusing on ensuring that healthcare facilities can reopen their doors and maintain normal hours of operations. Teams have started assessments and begun distributing portable vaccine cold-chain equipment, medicines and other critical supplies.
International Medical Corps will continue to focus on providing mental health and psychosocial support services to communities across the island that are coping with the loss and uncertainty caused by repeated disasters. As conditions ease, our teams will also continue to implement nutrition activities that educate parents, caregivers and children on the correct management of food in times of crisis, as well as counseling on breastfeeding and infant and young-child feeding (IYCF) practices for new and expectant mothers.
Teams anticipate that needs will include hygiene kits, tarps and other critical supplies; energy sources and/or other equipment to keep health facilities operational; mobile health services, including mental health care; ongoing COVID-19 response support; and medical surge staffing.
Our in-country team is safe and accounted for, and are coordinating closely with the Department of Health, state officials, and local hospitals, health facilities and organizations to support response efforts.