Working closely with island authorities, International Medical Corps’ mobile teams deployed to three of the most affected municipalities—Salinas, Toa Baja and Utuado—to provide urgently needed services. Teams distributed household hygiene supplies and cleaning kits to prevent the spread of disease, offered psychological first aid to people coping with the acute stress of the storm and the impact of recurring disasters, and provided baby supplies to keep children safe and food vouchers so families could continue to access nutritious food.
International Medical Corps delivered personal protective equipment (PPE), such as KN95 masks and isolation gowns; medical equipment, including oximeters and thermometers; water, sanitation and hygiene items, including water reservoirs, cans and filters; and other essential items to partner organizations, that experienced frequent power outages, so that health facilities could continue to provide uninterrupted access to care.
Communities in Puerto Rico struggle to recover from the compounding impact of repeated disasters. As International Medical Corps shifts from a relief to a recovery phase in Puerto Rico, we will focus on programming to support individuals and families as they rebuild their lives and to help them become more prepared for future disasters. Our community-based programming features integrated approaches to strengthening emotional well-being, awareness, resiliency, and nutrition education and support. Our activities target affected and vulnerable families, and provide emergency preparedness training to prepare communities for future crises.
Our in-country team continues to coordinate with the island’s Department of Health and other officials, local hospitals, health facilities and community-based organizations. Our teams have distributed portable vaccine cold-chain equipment, and continue to distribute medicines and other critical supplies to local health facilities.