OAKVILLE, ON, August 20, 2021 – A shipment of Humanitarian Medical Kits bound for Haiti has left the Health Partners International Canada (HPIC) warehouse today, and will be transported and administered on the ground by Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT), with support from local partner Haitian Emergency Rescue Organization (HERO).
The kits being shipped today contain treatments of adult and child antibiotics, antihypertensives, anti-inflammatories, analgesics and other medications identified on a needs list provided by local organizations following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on August 14, 2021.
“This aid will provide critical medical relief to overwhelmed health centres, communities and families in Haiti who have been affected by the devastating earthquake,” says HPIC President and CEO, Marcelle McPhaden. “We are grateful to CMAT for their partnership in transporting and distributing these medications to Haiti.”
“Our team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, paramedics, midwives, rehabilitation and mental health experts are on-site to provide much-needed support to hospitals and health centres who are struggling to keep up with the need,” says CMAT Executive Director, Valerie Rzepka. “We are so thankful to HPIC for the provisions of these critical treatments to help address the urgent need in Haiti.”
About Health Partners International Canada (HPIC)
Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) improves the health and well-being of more than one million people around the world every year. HPIC works with many partners, including Canadian health care professionals, government and non-government organizations, companies, foundations and everyday Canadians to bring health to children and families living in vulnerable communities. As the only Canadian charity licensed by Health Canada to handle and distribute donated medicines, HPIC is uniquely positioned to partner with the pharmaceutical industry to support its purpose of strengthening global health systems and providing long-term, sustainable access to quality healthcare for all.
About Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT)
Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) is a Canadian disaster relief organization made up of medical professionals and non-medical volunteers who selflessly give their time and resources to assist and provide relief aid to the affectees of natural disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies around the world. Since 2005, CMAT has rapidly responded to the worlds most catastrophic disasters, and has provided lifesaving treatments to thousands of patients. Through our mobile medical team approach, CMAT accesses patients in the most remote areas, targeting communities where local resources are strained and larger humanitarian organizations have yet to reach. As a collaborating partner of the World Health Organization, CMAT aims to provide the highest level of care with dignity, integrity and compassion to people who would otherwise not have access to aid and relief efforts. Donations gratefully accepted at CMAT.ca
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